Thursday, January 18, 2018
Eucharistic Miracles And Transubstantiation
"If any one...denies that wonderful and singular conversion of the whole substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood-the species only of the bread and wine remaining-which conversion indeed the Catholic Church most aptly calls Transubstantiation; let him be anathema." (Council of Trent, Thirteen Session, Canon 2)
The above cited excerpt states that the appearance of the bread and wine remains the same, despite the substance being mysteriously transformed (into the literal fullness of Christ's flesh, blood, soul, and divinity) by the priest. Only the substance of the consecrated elements are changed by the priest. Transubstantiation involves an unverifiable miracle to our senses.
Eucharistic miracles are said to be observable to the people who are present at the Mass. This is a problem for the Roman Catholic position because according to official Church doctrine, the appearance of the transubstantiated elements remains completely unchanged. These allegedly supernatural occasions do not fit the Roman Catholic definition of transubstantiation.
If the body and blood of Jesus Christ appear to be bread and wine after this "miraculous" change takes place, then people who claim to see flesh or taste blood cannot use such episodes to support the idea of transubstantiation. Catholic dogma is contradicted by eucharistic miracles. Since transubstantiation is touted as a miracle, does that mean eucharistic miracles involve the undoing of something already miraculous?
If one wishes to defend transubstantiation, then he is required to embrace all sorts of bizarre contradictions in logic. He has to devise convoluted sounding theories as to how such could only possibly be valid. Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light by performing counterfeit miracles (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). This mysterious phenomena with the Roman Catholic eucharist can be discarded as a valid argument in defense of transubstantiation.