The Eucharist and Cannibalism

My Baylor colleague, Michael P. Foley (associate professor of patristics), is a new contributor to The Catholic Thing. His first entry was published today. Entitled, “The Eucharist and Cannibalism,” it begins this way:

Perhaps the most disconcerting Catholic doctrine is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Many people today have the same reaction as those disciples who heard Jesus preach it for the first time in Capernaum and were scandalized, “This saying is hard, and who can hear it?” (Jn. 6:61). John says that after, many of His disciples stopped following Him altogether.

What is obviously so “hard” about this saying is that it suggests cannibalism. If Catholics believe the Eucharist really is the body and blood of Christ, then they believe they are eating human flesh and drinking human blood. The Romans accused Christians of cannibalism and that the charge has been made against Catholics in various ways ever since.

But while Holy Communion does involve eating human flesh and blood, it is not true that it is cannibalistic. How so?

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  • Esua

    The problem is not the Eucharist because Jesus said do this in remembrance of me.
    The problem is what and who the catholic church dedicate it to, i mean take a look at the waffer they use, it is round a symbol of the Sun, then they place it in a crytal moon waffer holder, which makes it look like a symbol for Sun worship ” Sunday” Sun God, Baal Worship, just like the Muslims crystal moon and star.

    Google Paganism in the Catholic church.

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    EUCHARIST: It smells, taste and looks like bread but it is more than bread. It is the Body and Blood of King Jesus Christ under the appearance of bread. “Since Christ Himself has said, “This is My Body” who shall dare to doubt that It is His Body?” St. Cyril of Jerusalem