Yes, NPR editors, Holy Communion is not a semi-Baptist ‘symbolic’ rite for Catholic believers — GetReligion

Consider, for example. this statement in the Southern Baptist document titled “The Baptist Faith and Message” containing concepts very familiar to people (like me, the child of an SBC preacher) raised in a Baptist congregation:

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience by which members of the church, partaking of bread and fruit from the vine, commemorate the death of the Redeemer and anticipate his second coming.

“Symbolic.” To verify.

“Memorialize.” To verify.

Now contrast that with this short statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Catholic teachings on the sacrament – not an ordinance – of Holy Communion:

In the celebration of the Eucharist, the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the instrumentality of the priest. The whole of Christ is truly present – body, blood, soul and divinity – under the appearances of bread and wine, the glorified Christ risen from the dead. This is what the Church means when she speaks of the “real presence” of Christ in the Eucharist.

How did a bite of Protestant Baptist and/or Evangelical doctrine on the Lord’s Supper end up in a report on this very, very Catholic doctrinal controversy?

NPR’s story has been updated with language stating:

Cordileone informed members of the archdiocese in a letter Friday that Pelosi must publicly repudiate his support for abortion rights in order to partake of Holy Communion – a ritual meal of bread and wine that celebrates life, death and death. resurrection of Jesus.

That’s not the whole story of what Catholics think happens during a Mass, is it?

Still, NPR executives deserve applause for making an actual correction to this error, rather than editing the text online as if this wreckage never happened. Thereby:


May 22, 2022

An earlier version of this story incorrectly portrayed the Catholic sacrament of communion as a symbolic meal of bread and wine. Catholics believe that bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Jesus.

In fact, this correction is better than the revised story. Maybe another update?

FIRST IMAGE : Illustration with an article titled “Can baptism and the Lord’s Supper be put online?” published by The Gospel Coalition.

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