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Propositions of Synod on the Eucharist, Nos. 5-10

10/26/2005 - 6:00 AM PST

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"Recognizing the Manifold Fruits of Eucharistic Adoration"

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 26, 2005 (Zenit) - Here is a translation of Propositions 5 to 10, which were given to Benedict XVI by the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist.

The Pope has allowed the publication of a provisional version, official and non-official, in Italian, on which this translation is based. In the coming days, Catholic Online will continue to publish translations of the other propositions.

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Proposition 5

Eucharist and Church

The relationship between the Eucharist and the Church is understood in the great Christian tradition as constitutive of the being and acting of the Church herself, to the point that Christian antiquity designated with the same words, "Corpus Christi," the body born of the Virgin Mary, the Eucharistic body and the ecclesial body of Christ.

This unity of the body is manifested in the Christian communities and is renewed in the Eucharistic act that unites and differentiates them in particular Churches, "in quibus et ex quibus una et unica Ecclesia catholica existit" (LG, 23). The term "catholic" expresses the universality stemming from the unity that the Eucharist, celebrated in each Church, fosters and builds.

Thus, in the Eucharist, the particular Churches have, in the universal Church, the task of making visible their own unity and diversity. This bond of fraternal love reveals the Trinitarian communion. The Councils and Synods express in history this fraternal aspect of the Church. By this very ecclesial dimension, the Eucharist establishes a strong bond of unity of the Catholic Church with the Orthodox Churches, which have preserved the genuine and integral nature of the mystery of the Eucharist. The ecclesial character of the Eucharist might also be a privileged point in the dialogue with the communities born with the Reformation.

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Proposition 6

Eucharistic Adoration

The Synod of Bishops -- recognizing the manifold fruits of Eucharistic Adoration in the life of the People of God, in a large part of the world -- forcefully encourages that this form of prayer -- so often recommended by the venerable Servant of God John Paul II -- be maintained and promoted, according to the traditions, both in the Latin Church as well as in the Oriental Churches. It recognizes that this practice springs from Eucharistic action that, in itself, is the greatest act of adoration of the Church, which enables the faithful to participate fully, consciously, actively and fruitfully in the sacrifice of Christ, according to the desire of the Second Vatican Council, and refers to the same. Thus conceived, Eucharistic adoration keeps the faithful in their Christian love and service to others, and promotes greater personal sanctity as well as that of the Christian communities. In this connection, the renewal of Eucharistic adoration, also among young people, is manifested today as a promising characteristic of many communities. For this reason, in order to foster visits to the Blessed Sacrament, care must always be taken, insofar as possible, that churches in which the Blessed Sacrament is present stay open.

May pastoral programs help communities and movements to know the appropriate place of Eucharistic adoration in order to cultivate the attitude of wonder before the great gift of the real presence of Christ. In this connection, Eucharistic adoration is encouraged also in the course of preparation for First Communion.

To promote adoration, it is appropriate to recognize especially institutes of consecrated life and associations of the faithful dedicated especially to it in different ways, and to help them so that Eucharistic devotion will be more biblical, liturgical and missionary.

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Eucharist and Sacraments

Proposition 7

Eucharist and Sacrament of Reconciliation

Love of the Eucharist leads to ever greater appreciation of the sacrament of Reconciliation, in which God's merciful goodness makes possible a new beginning of Christian life and shows an intrinsic relationship between Baptism, sin and the sacrament of Reconciliation. Worthy reception of the Eucharist calls for the state of grace.

It is a task of great importance that the Bishop promote in the diocese a decisive recovery of the pedagogy of conversion that is born of the Eucharist and that it favor, because of this, frequent individual confession. Priests, for their part, are to dedicate themselves generously to the administration of the sacrament of Penance.

The Synod earnestly recommends to Bishops that they not allow in their dioceses recourse to collective absolutions if it is not in objectively exceptional situations, established in the "motu proprio" "Misericordia Dei," of April 7, 2002, of Pope John Paul II. Bishops must see to it, ...

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