Transubstantiation

By James M. Rochford

For more resources on this subject, see our earlier article “Catholicism.”

Perhaps the most controversial sacrament of Roman Catholicism is the Eucharist—what Evangelicals call “the Lord’s supper.” In Chapter 1 (“The Real Presence of our Lord…”), the Council of Trent explains, “The consecration of bread and wine, our Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man, is truly, really and substantially contained in the august sacrament of the Holy Eucharist under the appearance of those sensible things.” To argue this doctrine, Roman Catholics appeal to this passage:

(Jn. 6:53) Does this passage support transubstantiation?