Wednesday, October 19, 2005

What Ever Happened to the Real Presence?

Fathers at the Synod in Rome are scratching their heads over how to explain the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, according to Catholic News Service.

The problem appears to be universal, bishops said, who are seeking ways to improve catechesis on the Eucharist. Reasons given for this lack of understanding include the rational, materialist mentality in the so-called North, and the difficulty in distinguishing between the Eucharist and animistic idols in the South.

A provocative point:

"Nigerian Bishop Joseph Bagobiri of Kafanchan called on the synod to develop a "theology of presence" so that the faithful are not confused and know that Christ is present sacramentally but not physically in the Eucharist.

The problem, he said, is that in trying to teach about the real presence the church must confront "the delicate line of demarcation between that which is real and that which is only a representation of the reality."