Pope Paul VI Stresses Catholic Doctrine of Transubstantiation Hot

Pope Paul VI Stresses Catholic Doctrine of Transubstantiation

Pope Paul VI, 1970

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Pope Paul VI publishes the encyclical Mysterium Fidei (The Mystery of Faith), reemphasizing the Catholic doctrine that the bread and wine of the Eucharist really do transform into the body and blood of Jesus, and that this isn't simply a symbolic change.

The pope has been growing concerned that modern theological movements might be undermining Catholic belief in the reality of this transformation and even uses terms like "anxiety" to express his concern.

Although an important document for Catholic doctrine in the modern age, at the time of its issue it doesn't receive a great deal of attention because most people, if they are paying attention to the Catholic Church at all, are more interested in the developments of the Second Vatican Council.

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