Does he believe in the Real Presence?
I encountered the same lack of teaching from my priest recently when talking about similar clearly Eucharistic passages which gave opportunities to teach the Real Presence but where he chose to teach other aspects eg. “Feeding on God’s Word”.
Jesus is really truly present and alive in the Blessed Sacrament! He has repeatedly confirmed this in word, miracle and other signs. This is not an option to believe. It’s the greatest honour for our unworthy souls. Those who do not preach maybe do not see the Crisis of lack of faith and equally do not see “The Solution”. The immense power of this Sacrament means Satan works really hard on this one.
By the way, I’ve worked out (God or Blessed Mother gave me to think…) that at the slightest temptation or doubt/thought first entering your head, stop and pray 3 Glory Bes immediately and then implore briefly God’s help – Gods wisdom will quickly, if not instantly, drive the thought away!
Wish I figured that out before! Could have saved a lot of struggles!
Anyway, bless yourself then read this story.
Remnant Clergy from Biblical False prophet site posted: “Some good observations from two articles at St. Corbinian’s Bear:
Francis provides Protestant Explanation of the Eucharist
Following are excerpts. For full article go to:
Pope Provides Protestant Explanation of John 6
On Sunday, August 23, 2015
… Today Pope Francis managed to explain today’s Gospel reading without a single reference to transubstantiation. In fact, he went one better. He said that what Jesus meant by that flesh and blood talk was the “sacrifice of his very life.” That’s right. It was not that bread and wine would actually become His Precious Body and Blood. Forget that. Our Lord was merely challenging people with the fact of his coming death, His “failure” as Messiah.
… Pope Francis does violence to the text, because he ignores where Jesus says: “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.” John 6:56. How does one reconcile this with the claim that Jesus is merely referring to his death on the cross? Immediately after Jesus says this, John records the following in v. 60: “Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, ‘This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?'”
Pope Francis goes on to talk about walking, “always on a journey,” in some nice but not particularly Catholic language. You will be glad to know you are not “chained” to Jesus, but “profoundly free.”
… Did he deny transubstantiation and the traditional Catholic interpretation of this passage? No. But when he took it upon himself to preach from it, he didn’t affirm it, either. A Lutheran or an Anglican or a United Church of Christ member or a Presbyterian could have heard this without a single objection. Perhaps that’s the point. [indeed it is!]”
Pope Francis Misleads on Real Presence Again
The next day
“… Pope Francis insisted then, as he did during his most recent angelus message, that the “bread” relates not to the Eucharist, but to Jesus’ death on the cross.
But Pope Francis explained that, “knowing he will have to die on the cross for us, Jesus identifies himself with the bread broken and shared, and it becomes for him the “sign” of the sacrifice that awaits him.”
Interestingly, here is how a footnote from a popular Protestant study Bible, the English Standard Version, deals with v. 6:51. (“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”) Since there is strong risk of confusion, what immediately follows is the Protestant explanation.
6:51 living bread. The “bread” Jesus gives is his flesh (a reference to Jesus’ death on the cross). Jesus’ statement intermingles physical and spiritual truth. Jesus is not talking about literal “bread,” but he is the true “living bread” in the sense that those who believe in him have their spiritual hunger satisfied. He becomes this spiritually satisfying “bread” by sacrificing his own physical body in his death on the cross, and in that sense he can say that this spiritual bread is my flesh.
Note the same misdirection by Pope Francis and the Protestant study Bible. Both identify Jesus’ “bread” as his flesh on the cross.
• Pope Francis: “knowing he will have to die on the cross for us, Jesus identifies himself with the bread broken and shared, and it becomes for him the “sign” of the sacrifice that awaits him.”
• Protestant study Bible note: “The “bread” Jesus gives is his flesh (a reference to Jesus’ death on the cross).
So, once again, Pope Francis avoids Catholic content and preaches a bland message to which few Protestants could object. Why is it too much for Catholics to hope for the Pope to boldly preach Catholic teaching? …
The Pope further diluted understanding of the Real Presence by making this Protestant-like closing statement. In it, “He who eats this bread” is a metaphor for “living in communion with Jesus on this earth.”
In conclusion, the Pope recalled Jesus’ words, “He who eats this bread will live forever”. He then explained that by living in communion with Jesus on this earth we can look forward to the voice of the Risen Lord who calls us when we finally close our eyes.
… What does the Pope believe? …