Roman Catholics: Beyond Transubstantiation: New Theory of the Real Presence

The questioning spirit of aggiornamento begun by Pope John, having opened up discussion on such long-settled issues as clerical celibacy and birth control, is now turning toward another and even more central teaching of the Roman Catholic Church: the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. In England, Germany, and especially The Netherlands, a number of speculative theologians are independently reconsidering transubstantiation—the Catholic teaching that at the consecration of the Mass, the bread and wine on the altar miraculously but truly become the body and blood of Christ. They propose...

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