Our archdiocesan newspaper regularly publishes a question and answer column by Fr. John Dietzen. Today's was about whether the host was considered more sacred than the precious blood.
Throughout his answer, Fr. Dietzen always used the term bread. While in the main part of his answer he referred to the "cup", this is the last paragraph in his response:
"Before I receive a flood of letters protesting my use of the words "bread" and "wine" for the consecrated precious Blood and Body of the Lord, let me recall that Catholic tradition has always done this. Even our eucharistic prayers have these words several times for the consecrated species. The Church properly assumes that everyone participating in the eucharistic mysteries will know exactly what is meant."
He has referred to these elements thus in previous columns as well.
IMHO it seems that the laity DON'T know exactly what is meant or else we wouldn't have those surveys that say that Catholics in the pews don't believe in the real presence.
What do you folks think? I'm tempted to write him, but then I am just an ignorant jane in the pews and he is a priest whom we should hold up in prayer and support.