October 30, 2008

Transubstantiation - Recap

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This session was a smaller group allowing for more informal dialogue. We drew heavily on Father Kimel's excellent series on the Eucharist. We examined various competing theories including Occasionalism and Consubstantiation.

One of the more memorable questions we discussed was - "In what way does the ubiquity of Transubstantiation not violate the fullness of Christ's corporeality?" Other questions included - In what way do we actually receive Christ during Communion? How does Transubstantiation not result in cannibalism? Is it really possible to believe in "Real Presence" while not assenting to Transubstantiation as defined by Trent? Did Trent needlessly canonize Aristotelian metaphysics?