This article is intended to be a resource showing the support for the doctrine of Transubstantiation in the Church fathers, and not a robust defense of the doctrine as defined by the Council of Trent.1 The Church fathers did not believe in a mere spiritual presence of Christ alongside or in the elements (bread and wine). This can be shown by three different types of patristic statements. The first and most explicit type is a statement that directly affirms a change in the elements. The second type is a simple identification of the consecrated species with the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Because unconsecrated bread is not called the Body, and consecrated is called the Body, this directly implies a belief that a supernatural change has taken place at the point of consecration. The third and final type is a statement which attributes or demands extraordinary reverence for the consecrated species itself, and not merely the solemnity of communion in this sacrament.
This is precisely why God is necessary. Without moral absolutes, morality is nothing more than someone’s subjective opinion. Without moral absolutes, civilization would never have developed – Western or otherwise. Without moral absolutes, we would be reduced to an existence based on the laws of kill or be killed, have or be had, hate or die…
This is not ethics. This is evil personified.
Two ethicists working with Australian universities argue in the latest online edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics that if abortion of a fetus is allowable, so to should be the termination of a newborn.
Alberto Giubilini with Monash University in Melbourne and Francesca Minerva at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne write that in “circumstances occur[ing] after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.”
The two are quick to note…
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Micheal Voris tells the hard truth…
If President Obama was Pro-Life, this speech may have meant something great.
He isn’t. It didn’t. And it doesn’t.
During press conferences following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, President Obama compassionately relayed his sadness about this senseless and tragic event. Coincidentally, these comments are applicable to the pro-life movement, and the tragedy of abortion in across the country.
“This is our first task – caring for our children. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we honestly say that we are doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm?
“Ive been reflecting on this the past few days, and if we are honest with ourselves, the answer is ‘no’.” – Barack Obama
I agree, Mr. President. We, as a society, and you…
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My posts over the last several weeks addressed Myths that singles must resist:
2. Myth #1:Others are getting away with sin/sex is consequence free
Today’s topic is Myth #3: Something Is Wrong With Me
Blessed Repeated Rejection
This myth will be the most rewarding one for me to bust because it is the myth that tormented me the most as a single girl. Because I was single for so long, I naturally came to believe that something was wrong with me. I mean, what was with all the repeated rejection? I could only find one common denominator in all those failed relationships: me.
I will share with you a detail about my life to prove to you that I understand rejection. I…
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Up to 30,000 people gathered in Merrion Square, Dublin on 19th January 2013 to send a strong and united message to the Government that they want to see mothers and their unborn children protected in law in Ireland. Among the speakers were Tyrone Football Manager Mickey Harte, Bernadette Goulding of Women Hurt (www.womenhurt.ie) and representatives of the main pro-life groups in Ireland
March For Life in Washington D.C.
There is a story that Hillary Clinton once hosted Mother Theresa for dinner at the White House. During conversation, Mrs. Clinton asked Mother Theresa why she thought there had not yet been woman American President. Mother Theresa is reported to have responded, “You probably aborted her.”
Don’t know if that’s a true story, but the point is well illustrated in these ads, the second and third of which were presented at this year’s March For Life in Washington D.C.
Some exerpts from the speech by Chris Smith at the March For Life…
In his inaugural speech on Monday, President Obama said “together, we resolve that a great nation must care for the vulnerable…that all are created equal…and our journey is not complete until all of our children…are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.”
Yet, President Obama systematically and aggressively promotes abortion at home and overseas.
Despite the fact that taxpayer-subsidized Planned Parenthood claims direct responsibility for killing over 6 million unborn babies, Planned Parenthood remains President Obama’s favorite organization.
The clock keeps ticking on the bad stuff in the Church. Take heart!
Q – What do you do with someone who says the Catholic Church is too “judgmental”, esp. in dealing with sex issues, abortion, homosexuality, etc.? They always seem to tell me, “the Bible say ‘judge not’.”JUDGE NOT?One of the most misunderstood principles of Scripture is judgment. Many conversations have been brought to a screeching halt by the conversation killers of “Judge not” or “who are you to judge me”. Unfortunately the common interpretation of this passage is that we can make no judgment on whether an action is right or wrong. This is not what the Bible is saying, but rather the Bible tells us not to judge the state of another’s soul and therefore their eternal punishment or reward. This kind of judgment is reserved to God alone.It never fails that when one of the above phrases is uttered, or one like them, the conversation takes a bad turn. This is due to the modern world-view, which is relativistic, meaning that truth is relative to a person or situation. Simply put, many people are offended by the Catholic Church’s teachings about their sin. These sentiments lead to an improper biblical interpretation of judgment.