[quote=LSK]The latest Vanity Fair has an article on JPII which contains a statement regarding the Eurcharist. I am paraphrasing but it basically states that believing the Eurcharist is the actual Body and Blood of Our Savior is not and “article of faith” for Catholics…the reason given is so Protestants won’t regard us as Cannibals.
Please provide me with the Catechism reference for this so that I may write a letter to the editor…I am reading through the Catechism for the first time in my life (it is a wonderful experience!) but I need help with specific references.
Thank you all…please, contact Vanity Fair yourselves…
You can find the Catechism on-line at scborromeo.org/ccc.htm
There is a search function, so you can quickly find any subject – as well as an index you can use to look up things manually.
You are looking for paragraphs 1374 and 1375:
1374 The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as "the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend."201 In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained."202 "This presence is called ‘real’ - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be ‘real’ too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a *substantial *presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present."203
1375 It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ’s body and blood that Christ becomes present in this sacrament. The Church Fathers strongly affirmed the faith of the Church in the efficacy of the Word of Christ and of the action of the Holy Spirit to bring about this conversion. Thus St. John Chrysostom declares:
It is not man that causes the things offered to become the Body and Blood of Christ, but he who was crucified for us, Christ himself. The priest, in the role of Christ, pronounces these words, but their power and grace are God’s. This is my body, he says. This word transforms the things offered.204
And St. Ambrose says about this conversion:
Be convinced that this is not what nature has formed, but what the blessing has consecrated. The power of the blessing prevails over that of nature, because by the blessing nature itself is changed. . . . Could not Christ’s word, which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they were not before? It is no less a feat to give things their original nature than to change their nature.205
Note that Footnote 203 refers to Paul VI, MF 39 – so here we have a Pope speaking to us directly when he says “This presence is called ‘real’ - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be ‘real’ too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a *substantial *presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.”