POPE'S "CONTROVERSIAL" STATEMENT ON PROTESTANTISM REVEALS THE NECESSITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Who so eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him." John 6: 53-58
I have encountered more than a few Protestants in my life who erroneously believed that they received the actual Body and Blood of Jesus at their communion service. They were genuinely surprised to find that their church rejected the belief in the true presence of Jesus and believed instead that He was only present "spiritually". In most cases this confusion involved a fallen away Catholic. Given the clear words of scripture, without question, many have been deceived with half-truths and/or the topic has been purposefully avoided in churches that feed on fallen away Catholics. The recent issuance of a Vatican document affirming the centrality of the Catholic Church clarifies, with precision, this confusion, and delineates those who do, and do not possess Jesus in the Eucharist.
Despite the fact that the liberal media sought to stoke the fire of division between Christians with headline grabbing fodder, the document should be a source of unity for those Protestants who truly seek Jesus in the most personal way possible on earth.
No Protestant denomination born of the Reformation believes in the Real Presence of Christ--this should not come as a surprise to any. At the heart of this rejection of Jesus is the rejection of apostolic succession. This is a critical distinction between Catholicism and Protestantism.
The document states that because of the absence of the sacramental priesthood, and because the genuine and integral substance of the Eucharistic Mystery is not present in Protestant denominations-- they are therefore not really churches "in the proper sense" because they lack apostolic succession and are, therefore, deprived of a constitutive element of the Church. Protestants are instead referred to as "ecclesial Communities" rather than true "churches"
If any offense should be taken, it should be taken at those Protestant leaders who purposefully keep their congregants in ignorance of Jesus' clear words about the necessity of His Body and Blood for salvation.