If you follow Catholic news (we make it easy for you), you’ve no doubt heard about the recent Pew Research Center survey finding that two-thirds of Catholics don’t believe in transubstantiation and that some don’t even know the church’s teaching on the matter.
It’s garnered a sizeable reaction. If you Google it, you’ll find 243,000 articles (and growing). They vary from the proverbial Cathoic “sky is falling” to “the survey is flawed.”
Regardless of the accuracy of the survey or what the results mean … it seemed like a perfect time for Genuflect to take a deep dive into the subject.
I’ve always been a believer, but it was great to get this refresher since I hadn’t really taken a look at it in years.
Before we get into it though, enjoy this beautiful Gregorian chant that I came across: “Pange Lingua Gloriosi” written by the great St. Thomas Aquinas. The English translation is below.
Sing, my tongue, the Savior’s glory,
of His flesh the mystery sing;
of the Blood, all price exceeding,
shed by our immortal King,
destined, for the world’s redemption,
from a noble womb to spring.
Of a pure and spotless Virgin
born for us on earth below,
He, as Man, with man conversing,
stayed, the seeds of truth to sow;
then He closed in solemn order
wondrously His life of woe.
On the night of that Last Supper,
seated with His chosen band,
He the Pascal victim eating,
first fulfills the Law’s command;
then as Food to His Apostles
gives Himself with His own hand.
Word-made-Flesh, the bread of nature
by His word to Flesh He turns;
wine into His Blood He changes;
what though sense no change discerns?
Only be the heart in earnest,
faith her lesson quickly learns.
Down in adoration falling,
This great Sacrament we hail,
Over ancient forms of worship
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith will tell us Christ is present,
When our human senses fail.
To the everlasting Father,
And the Son who made us free
And the Spirit, God proceeding
From them Each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless majesty.
This week, Genuflect’s examination of transubstantiation begins with the Pew Research Center survey findings, then looks at what transubstantiation is, how to explain it to others … including kids, miracles involving the True Presence, Saints who died for the Eucharist, and why non-Catholics are excluded from receiving the Eucharist.
If you are unaware of the church’s teachings, or are one of the non-believers, I pray this will enlighten you.
For those already a believer, I hope you’ll find something here that inspires you further, as I did.
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Transubstantiation – the idea that during Mass, the bread and wine used for Communion become the body and blood of Jesus Christ – is central to the Catholic faith. Indeed, the Catholic Church teaches that “the Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’” But a new Pew Research Center survey finds that most self-described Catholics don’t believe this core teaching. Here’s an overview of the findings.
The Lord Jesus, on the night before he suffered on the cross, shared one last meal with his disciples. During this meal our Savior instituted the sacrament of his Body and Blood. Here are some Q and As produced by the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and approved by the full body of bishops at their June 2001 General Meeting.
Transubstantiation is the term used to explain the change that actually happens to the bread and wine offered at Mass into the Body and blood of Christ. Read more about the biblical reference, the ritual of Mass, and catechesis.
Father Cal Christiansen provides advice on how we can explain the doctrine of transubstantiation to non-Catholics in a way that they can understand.
To help children understand the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, you have to explain transubstantiation. Here is an object lesson to use for Catholic kids at home.
Catholics believe that Jesus Christ is really, truly, and substantially present in the Eucharist. There are many stories of miracles throughout Church history that seem to confirm this important teaching. Here are 5 stories that are particularly noteworthy since you can still go see evidence of the miracles today.
Many of our brothers and sisters, from our own day to the beginnings of the Church, have given their lives for Jesus hidden in the Host. Here are some of their stories, and their inspiring images can be found at the end of their profiles.
Catholic World News reported that Fr. Michael Kelly, S.J. the CEO of the Asian Catholic News agency, finds the Catholic doctrine of “transubstantiation” meaningless in this “post-Newtonian world of quantum physics.” Stephen M. Barr uses quantum mechanics every day in his work … here’s why he says the answer is no.
Since we receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist — body, blood, soul and divinity — wouldn’t that mean we practice cannibalism? Here are 6 reasons we don’t.
There are thousands of articles explaining “how to receive communion,” and thousands more explaining who may receive communion. But there are few articles about how to not receive the Eucharist.
Only Catholics can receive the Eucharist at Mass because the Eucharist is the Sacrament of our unity in Christ; those who receive it need to have unity in the Faith.
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