Monday, October 25, 2010

Dear CathApol


Periodically we will post this "Dear CathApol" topic for anyone who wishes to ask a question.  Questions may be answered in the same combox (below this post) or if an in-depth answer is merited, then we'll make a whole new blog entry to answer it.  So, give it a shot!  Maybe you have a question you'd like someone else's opinion on - or perhaps you'd just like to play "Stump the Apologist!"  CathApol and cathmom5 are the resident apologists - but others may join in to provide their answers to the combox too.

So, ask away!


  1. I thought I'd get the ball rolling here...

    Dear CathApol,
    Why do Catholics believe Holy Communion really is the body and blood of Jesus Christ?

    Hungry For Christ

  2. Dear Hungry for Christ,

    Catholics believe Holy Communion really and truly is the body and blood of Jesus Christ because HE SAID IT WAS SO! In Matthew 26:26 Jesus said: And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat. This is my body. He didn't say, "this represents my body," or "this symbolizes my body," no! He said this IS my body! In 1 Corinthians 11:24 St. Paul echoes the exact same wording AND in verse 27 he says that those who partake of this communion unworthily are guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord! If it were merely symbolic, how could it be a sin against His body and blood? Then, in verse 29 St. Paul says: For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.

    Our detractors likely won't accept this explanation, but someone who is reading this objectively should.



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