- A Protestant apologist thought he could confound Catholics by suggesting the following: What if someone put arsenic into the wine before consecration? The priest goes through mass, pronouncing “This is the cup of my blood.” When the faithful receive from the cup, your Catholic Blood of Christ kills them.
A Catholic apologist I know answered that arsenic isn’t valid matter for consecration, so the cup contains both the Blood of Christ, and separately, poison.
- When someone adds sugar or yeast to the wheat that is to be consecrated, the altered wheat is no longer valid matter for consecration, and the words of the priest do not change the altered wheat. So we do not have the Lord’s Body at all.
But what is the difference between #1 and #2? Why does the wine consecrate but not the wheat? Am I getting this wrong? I’m hoping experienced apologists can help me with this. Pax Christi…