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Can the Real
Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist be doubted?
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Real Presence of
Christ in the Holy Eucharist is a dogma of the faith that must be believed. It
rests on Christ's own words and cannot be doubted...
"Jesus said to
them, 'Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and
drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and
drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my
flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks
my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I
have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life
because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your
ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.'"
(Jn. 6:53-58) [Note: As Scripture makes clear, reception of the Holy
Eucharist is one essential condition for salvation. To be saved, one must also
live according to God's laws.]
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one denieth that in the venerable sacrament of the Eucharist the whole Christ is
contained under each species, and under every part of each species, when
separated; let him be anathema." (Council of Trent)
one saith that in the sacred and holy sacrament of the Eucharist the substance
of the bread and wine remains conjointly with the Body and Blood of our Lord
Jesus Christ, and denieth that wonderful and singular conversion of the whole
substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine
into the Blood - the species only of the bread and wine remaining - which
conversion indeed the Catholic Church most aptly calls transubstantiation; let
him be anathema." (Council of Trent)
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