Religion: Mass Accord

The Roman Catholic Church has taught for centuries that at the moment of consecration in the Mass, the bread and wine undergo "transubstantiation," becoming the actual substance of Christ's body and blood, even though they keep the same appearance. The Thirty-Nine Articles, established by the Church of England after its 16th century split with Rome, said that transubstantiation was "repugnant to the plain words of Scripture, overthroweth the nature of a Sacrament, and hath given occasion to many superstitions." Thus the difference in the way they look on the rite of Communion is...

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