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Is Transubstantiation Vampirism?

There has been a lot of discussion lately of the Holy Eucharist in the Catholic church, this was brought about by a Florida College Student who instead of the eating the host pocketed it which lead to a hysterical outrage not really from the Catholic Church itself but from outside church supporters such as the Catholic league. That outrage then lead to a response from PZ Myers on his top rated/popular scienceblog Pharyngula you can read his posts and the comments over at his blog, some of it gets pretty nasty. This on going row brought up the issue of why this communion wafer is so sacred to Catholics what about it makes it more than just a cracker, and could justify death threat?

The answer is Transubstantiation, as defined by theVatician;

By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity (cf. Council of Trent: DS 1640; 1651).

This means that a Roman Catholic litterally believe the bread becomes the body and the wine becomes the blood of Jesus. This is not a symbolic gesture of rememberancebut it is at the very heart of the catholic faith. The communion host contains part of his soul and divinity as it was made flesh in consecration. A person can see why they would be upset if this was taken from the church, you litterally believe a piece of the flesh of your God was stolen and that can be a little upsetting.

1406 Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; . . . he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and . . . abides in me, and I in him” (⇒ Jn 6:51, ⇒ 54, ⇒ 56).

1407 The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church.

Here is where the vampirism connection comes in, and think you may see it as well at this point. A vampire is a mythological creature that has eternal life because he drinks the blood of other living humans. Pretty simple drink the blood and you have eternal life. In the Eucharist of the Catholic church the promise is being made that if you eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus then you too shall be rewarded with eternal life, through resurrection after death.

If this is something that a person really believes and you may be one of those people who believes this then bread and wine become totally something else they become human/god flesh and blood and you consume them as part of a ritual for eternal life, well then under the most general definition of what a vampire is you too are a vampire.

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July 14, 2008 - Posted by | Religion | ,

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