Saturday, July 09, 2005

Parish Priest: "Christ becomes incarnate in us." Credo: "No He doesn't."

May the Bishop Synod's new report on the Eucharist correct such gross misunderstanding's of the Faith Like this one. Credo of Credibility is entirely correct. As one of his commentors notes:
Traditionally there has always been a careful distinction drawn between the “Corpus Christi mysticum” – the mystical Body of Christ (i.e. the Church) – and the “Corpus Christi verum” – the historical and sacramental Body of Christ.

Now, it’s obviously not literally true to say that Our Lord is incarnate in the gathered faithful. So the use the word “incarnate” in that context can only be metaphor.
When priests get it wrong, they inadvertantly lead the faithful into error. Catholic identity and worship suffers. Fools are lost to Foolables or even the Reasonable. That's bad news for the world.

Christ is incarnate in the Eucharist. He is present in the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church. We allow him to live through us when we consent to his presence in Grace and act according to his will. He is present--indeed, incarnate--in a unique way in the Eucharist. We participate in his passion and death when we celebrate Mass with the celebrant. That does not mean we are transubstantiated.

May Episcopals shepard their people. Even their Presbyters!