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RW Millam's Avatar Jump to comment 106 by RW Millam

Comment 15 by Schrodinger's Cat

Prof Richard Dawkins says he was intrigued by an Irish Times poll showing 62 per cent of Catholics believe the bread and wine blessed during Mass `only represents the body and blood?

I'm amazed anyone ever thought otherwise. Even in the Biblical text it is quite clearly an allegorical symbolism of remembrance. Nowhere does it say it is literally 'the body of Christ'. It's just another example of how the Catholic Church has tacked on a whole bunch of extra crap......transubstantiation, 'saints', worshipping the virgin Mary, etc etc that the founders of the church would not have would not have recognised.

I suspect it arose from the following passage --

Mark 14:22-24 "And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body [...emphasis is mine...]. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood [...emphasis is mine...] of the new testament, which is shed for many."

According to the BuyBull, Jesus did not say "this represents my body" -- he said "this IS my body." A literalist won't interpret the statement any other way.

(I confess that I did not read all the comments posted here, so if I repeated what someone else has already written, apologies......)

Sat, 09 Jun 2012 14:29:25 UTC | #946571