It's been making the rounds lately: a recent PEW religion survey has found that 7 in 10 American Catholics believe the Eucharist is merely a "symbol". The number starkly falls among weekly Mass-goers, the majority of whom believe in the True Presence, but among fallen away and seldom-attending Catholics, a large majority either do not understand or do not believe in transubstantiation.
But the words of Jesus Himself, and Church teaching, are clear: Christ is fully present in the Eucharist, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. It is this True Presence that is "the source and summit of the Christian life" (CC 1324). As Flannery O'Connor wrote to a friend, "Well, if it's a symbol, to hell with it."
In this episode, Bishop Wall and guest Fr. Matthew Keller break down the study, its ramifications for the American Church, and how parents and priests, in a two-pronged approach, can properly evangelize and address widespread misconceptions about the Eucharist.
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It is with gratitude I write this. I knew Bishop Wall when he was an Assoc Pastor at my Phoenix parish and had the privilege of seeing many young men inspired by him enter the Seminary. God bless you and your work!
A thoughtful voice for New Mexico and Arizona!
Bishop, thanks for making the time to share your reflections on living and thinking about the Faith. I especially enjoyed the podcasts on Flannery O’Connor and J.R.R. Tolkien. Like your mentor, Msgr. Jeremiah McCarthy, you have shared some of your favorite books! I think he would also recommend Walker Percy and Fray Angelico Chavez for your consideration. Peace!
Love this Podcast what a blessing