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Do Catholics believe that they are actually eating the body of Christ? Does this make them cannibals?

Yes, Catholics do believe that the bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood. Sort of. The "sort of" is because the technicalities of it go back to Aristotelian philosophy, which greatly ...
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Why do Catholics believe transubstantiated host may still affect the gluten sensitive?

Your girlfriend sounds correct. It may sound silly at first, but the doctrine of Transubstantiation is a well developed, detailed explanation of what happens during the consecration of the bread and ...
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According to the Catholic Church is it offensive to dress as a Catholic priest and perform “communion”?

Context is everything. It's going to depend. A Catholic might be offended if someone dressed as a priest and acted out communion just for fun, or to ridicule the church. But doing it as part of ...
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Is a Roman Catholic ever permitted to take the Anglican Eucharist?

No. Canon 844 says: Catholic ministers administer the sacraments licitly to Catholic members of the Christian faithful alone, who likewise receive them licitly from Catholic ministers alone. So ...
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Why does the Salvation Army not administer the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper?

It appears that the simple answer is that because the Salvation Army does not view baptism or communion as requirements of salvation, they are not practiced at all. This stance, however does not ...
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What happens if someone spills the wine during the Eucharist?

An accidental spill of the Precious Blood can be cleaned up by soaking it up by placing a "purificator" which is a linen specially reserved to come into contact with the consecrated wine (one can use ...
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What is the earliest mention of how often the Eucharist was celebrated?

The earliest indication may be in the Didache, typically dated at the end of the first century. It describes the celebration of the Lord's Supper in terms of the cup and breaking bread, and then says:...
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What are the first references to a tradition of fasting before partaking of the Lord's Supper?

This practice is attested as early as the first half of the third century, by Tertullian and particularly Hippolytus. Tertullian addresses the topic tangentially while addressing the dangers of women ...
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During communion, when does the wafer stop being Jesus' body?

To complement Belinda’s answer, although the Church does not descend in so much detail, St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa theologiae makes the following commentary in III Pars, q. 77, a. 4, responsum. ...
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How do Protestants interpret "Give us this day our daily bread"?

The Lord's Prayer is taught in the Protestant catechisms, e.g.: Luther's Small Catechism Give us this day our daily bread. What does this mean? God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our ...
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According to Catholicism, in the Eucharist, does the bread become Christ’s “spiritual body” or “natural body”?

There's no difference between the two in respect of Eucharistic transubstantiation; hence answering "the spiritual", "the natural", or "both" are equally meaningless. My answer to a question on the ...
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How does transubstantiation account for the amount of Christ's body eaten over the last 2000 years?

There are several churches which use the idea of transubstantiation; but the Eastern churches (Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Assyrian Church of the East) share a similar view on how it ...
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What was John Wesley's view of the Lord's Supper?

John Wesley favored the spiritual presence view, as demonstrated primarily through his writings, but also in his hymns. Writings First of all, John Wesley explicitly rejected transubstantiation: [N]o ...
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It Still Confuses Me: Who can receive Communion where (Catholic/Orthodox)?

The Catholic Church permits the Orthodox to receive the Eucharist in a Catholic service, but cautions them to observe their own disciplines. For example, OSCCB offers: Members of the Orthodox ...
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What Christian groups do not observe or celebrate the Eucharist?

Two significant groups at least loosely associated with Protestantism that don't observe communion are The Salvation Army and the Quakers. The rationale for the Salvation Army's position is more ...
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How do denominations which do not believe in transubstantiation, view 1 Cor 10 : 16-17?

A definition of transubstantiation in a Reformed Protestant book is: "Change undergone by the physical elements of the Eucharist, according to Roman Catholic teaching. The bread and wine, in ...
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As a protestant, may I participate in the Eucharist (Communion) when visiting a Catholic church?

The answer is basically “no,” there is no Protestant denomination whose members would be admitted to Communion. The Church admits to Communion Catholics (evidently) and all those Christians who ...
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What is the Lutheran doctrine of consubstantiation and how does it differ from transubstantiation and a more general protestant sacramental view?

Consubstantiation (also called impanation) says that, after consecration, bread remains and Christ becomes present within, among, or "along-side" the bread. Transubstantiation says no bread remains ...
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Why do literalist Protestants reject transubstantiation?

To understand this answer, we will look at just two aspects. One, Christ speaks literally about many things many times, yet no one believes He turned into a literal door or into a nebulous ghost of a ...
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What is the Protestant understanding of the Greek "anamnesis" and "poieo" in Luke 22:19?

This whole subject is dealt with, admirably and historically, by the Wikipedia article Lord's Supper in Reformed Theology and I thoroughly recommend it. The word ποιέω in Greek (see Strong 4160 and, ...
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How does transubstantiation account for the amount of Christ's body eaten over the last 2000 years?

How is this explained in the transubstantiation belief system? According to Catholic doctrine, the mechanism of transubstantiation is a mystery and a miracle. The physical process is not explained. ...
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Why does transubstantiation refer only to communion?

The beginnings of a response would consider the difference between a simile/parable ("The kingdom of heaven is like..."), a metaphor ("I am the vine"), and a prescription or ...
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Why does transubstantiation refer only to communion?

Other answers have dealt well with the theological reasons for taking the words of the Institution literally. I would like to mention that the grammar and syntax of the original Greek make it ...
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Where can I find official documents of Buenos Aires' Eucharistic Miracle?

There is no official Vatican online reference to this alleged miracle, so I did some basic research. The first thing I noticed is that the details of the 1996 miracle vary according to the source of ...
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According to Catholicism, does the Eucharist have all the same physical and chemical properties, and physiological effects, as bread and wine?

The short answer is “yes.” The appearances of bread and wine left after the Consecration have all of the physical characteristics (“accidents”) of bread and wine, including the ability to be ...
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What are the reasons for the Catholic Church's law regarding the Communion fast?

Fr. William P. Saunders of Catholic Straight Answers gives the following reasons for fasting before Communion: The most important point regarding this question concerns why we ought to [ever] fast. ...
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Do Catholics eat the substance of the Father during "communion"?

Transubstantiation Transubstantiation is a Latin word consisting of trans (a transition or change) and substantia (substance, or what [makes a thing what] a thing is). Properly, then, it means '...
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Is the Eucharist more holy than the other Sacraments in the Catholic Church?

Is the Eucharist more holy than the other Sacraments in the Catholic Church? The short answer is yes. Pope St. Paul VI stated that the Eucharist is the apex of our faith and Pope Benedict XVI stated ...
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According to the Catholic Church is it offensive to dress as a Catholic priest and perform “communion”?

As a Catholic dad, I can tell you that it's not the worst thing in the world to let your kids "play Mass". It can help older siblings who serve at Mass know their parts better, it can help ...
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How do denominations which do not believe in transubstantiation, view 1 Cor 10 : 16-17?

Actually, Paul refers to Christians as bread, the one loaf. It is a metaphor. For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. 1 Cor 10:17 I highly doubt ...
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