I recently attended a confirmation of a niece (in law) at a very progressive Lutheran church. I was amazed at how lax it was-including coffee drinking during the service. And then came communion. The pastor (dressed in a suit and tie) stood over a table (alter?), said something simple with regards to the body of Christ. I realize this wasn’t representative of all Lutheran churches, however, I still wondered: Do our Catholic priests alone have the power to change bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ? I was certain that transubstantiation was the only way this could happen, and only through the power of Holy Mass.
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