Lay-Driven Coalition Launched to Help ‘Restore Belief’ in the Real Presence of the Eucharist

A new laity-driven coalition has been formed to provide valuable input to the U.S. Catholic bishops in their task of renewing Catholics’ faith in the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

The Real Presence Coalition (RPC) launched today, Monday, July 1, the feast of the Most Precious Blood. According to its website, the Coalition is “an informal group of influential Catholics working to restore belief in Jesus Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist.”

Consisting of theologians, newspaper and magazine editors, lay organizations and clergy, notably LifeSiteNews’ own John-Henry Westen, The Remnant’s Michael Matt, Crisis’ Eric Sammons, OnePeterFive’s Timothy Flanders, and Regina Magazine’s Beverly De Soto, U.S. Grace Force’s Doug Berry, Dr. Scott Hahn, Michael Hichborn and Vicki Yamasaki, the Coalition’s members also include authors Dr. Peter Kwasniewski and Dr. Taylor Marshall as well as Bishops Joseph Strickland and Athanasius Schneider, Fr. Donald Calloway and Fr. Chad Ripperger. (A full membership list may be found here.)

As its first contribution, RPC has released a survey for American Catholics to better understand the potential reasons for their dwindling faith in the Real Presence.

Father Ripperger reinforces the importance of the survey to discover the reasons why so many Catholics no longer believe in the Real Presence.

“The Blessed Sacrament is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ, and for this reason the Sacred Tradition has always labeled it THE mystery of faith. Hence, as the bishops have set in motion a program to draw greater attention to the belief in the Eucharist, it is important to know the causes of the decline in the belief in the Real Presence.  I encourage all Catholics to take the survey so that Real Presence Coalition can assist the bishops in obtaining accurate information to the bishops.”

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