Latest research released by the Pew Research Center acknowledges that just one-third of U.S. Catholics agree with their church that Eucharist is body, blood of Christ
In a recent report by Gregory A. Smith, the associate director of research at Pew Research Center, the beliefs of many Catholics were revealed.
The report explains:
Transubstantiation – the idea that during Mass, the bread and wine used for Communion become the body and blood of Jesus Christ – is central to the Catholic faith. Indeed, the Catholic Church teaches that “the Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’”
But a new Pew Research Center survey finds that most self-described Catholics don’t believe this core teaching. In fact, nearly seven-in-ten Catholics (69%) say they personally believe that during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine used in Communion “are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.” Just one-third of U.S. Catholics (31%) say they believe that “during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus.”
Seven-in-ten U.S. Catholics believe bread, wine used in Communion are symbolic
However, what was important to notice in the report was the fact that about six-in-ten (63%) of the most observant Catholics — those who attend Mass at least once a week — accept the church’s teaching about transubstantiation.
This is an significant finding about the crucial element of the Catholic faith, namely, transubstantiation: when the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ.
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