The Real Presence in the Eucharist Part 5 A: The Council of Trent Anathemas—then

God’s WORD

    “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”—John 14:15

    “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”—John 15:12

    “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words…”—John 14:23

Council of Trent and Anathemas against unbelief in the Real Presence in the Eucharist
Between December 1545 and December 1563, the Council of Trent (the 19th Ecumenical Council) defined Roman Church Doctrine and then listed Anathemas—judgment and condemnation against anyone who did not agree.

An infallible teaching by a pope or ecumenical council is considered definitive and binding and usually has an accompanying anathema (formal curse by a pope or a council of the Church), stating that anyone who deliberately dissents is outside the Catholic Church…

Anathema pronouncement ceremony
The Pope in a purple cope, held a lighted candle, and was joined by twelve priests, each with a lighted candle. The anathema concluded with these words:

Wherefore in the name of God the All-powerful, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, of Blessed Peter…

we deprive (Name) himself and all his accomplices and all his abettors of the Communion of the Body and Blood of Our Lord,

we separate him from the society of all Christians,

we exclude him from the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church in Heaven and on earth,

we declare him excommunicated and anathematized and we judge him condemned to eternal fire with Satan and his angels and all the reprobate,

so long as he will not burst the fetters of the demon, do penance and satisfy the Church; we deliver him to Satan to mortify his body, that his soul may be saved on the day of judgment.

The priests respond: “Fiat, fiat, fiat” (Let it be done), and all, including the pontiff, cast their lighted candles on the ground.

Notice is sent in writing to the priests and neighbouring bishops of the name of the one who has been thus excommunicated and the cause of his excommunication, in order that they may have no communication with him.

Although he is delivered to Satan and his angels, he can still, and is even bound to repent.

On the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist; Excerpts from the Text of the Council of Trent

Anathemas condemning anyone that rejects the Most Holy Eucharist or its Adoration

“If any one denieth, that, in the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist, are contained truly, really, and substantially, the body and blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ; but saith that He is only therein as in a sign, or in figure, or virtue; let him be anathema.”—Thirteenth Session CANON I

“If any one saith, that, in the holy sacrament of the Eucharist, Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, is not to be adored with the worship…neither to be venerated with a special festive solemnity, nor to be solemnly borne about in processions…or, is not to be proposed publicly to the people to be adored, and that the adorers thereof are idolators; let him be anathema.”—Thirteenth Session CANON VI

Anathema condemning anyone who does not believe in Transubstantiation

If any one saith, that, in the sacred and holy sacrament of the Eucharist, the substance of the bread and wine remains conjointly with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and denieth that wonderful and singular conversion of the whole substance of the bread into the Body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood—the species Only of the bread and wine remaining—which conversion indeed the Catholic Church most aptly calls Transubstantiation; let him be anathema. Thirteenth Session CANON II
http://history.hanover.edu/texts/trent/ct13.html
and http://www.geocities.com/peterpaulmin/CoucilofTrent.html

The Roman Catholic Church justifies repressive measures against those who did not believe the Eucharist is Christ’s real blood and real body
Basing their beliefs on “infallible” church doctrine, popes, church fathers, tradition, and scripture they have twisted, the Roman Catholic church’s leaders and councils, completely disregarded Jesus command to love one another and ones enemies, and justified their torturing and burning to death of fathers, mothers, children, even annihilating whole groups of people because they
would not agree with Roman Church doctrine.

“… for punishment does not take place primarily and per se for the correction and good of the person punished, but for the public good in order that others may become terrified and weaned away from the evils they would commit.”—Directorium Inquisitorum, edition of 1578, Book 3, page 137, (translated from Latin)

There is no room in the constitution of the Roman church “for private judgment sorting essentials from non-essentials.” It is
seen as “revolt against a Divinely constituted authority.”
—from http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07256b.htm

“All repressive measures cause suffering or inconvenience of some sort…But they are not therefore cruel…Opponents say: Precisely; the rigours of the Inquisition violated all humane feelings. We answer: they offend the feelings of later ages in which there is
less regard for the purity of faith…”
—from http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07256b.htm

“…all those are damned who see the Sacrament of the Body of Christ which is consecrated on the altar in the form of bread and wine by the words of our Lord in the hands of the priest, and do not see or believe in spirit and in God that this is really the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—Francis of Assisi

“…It is the spiritual mystery that unites the Eucharist to us…Yet some heretics disclaim the truth of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. To some, it appears scandalous to eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ… The body of Christ is not related to place…It is not divided into parts, but is entire in every single one…Every consecrated bread is converted into the entire Body of Christ.”—Aquinas, From Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 4, Chapters 61 to 69

In the next post (5A continued) I am going to list just a very few of the people killed for the “heresy” of not believing the Eucharist was Jesus’ real body and blood. Often, there was more than one “heresy” charge, such as believing salvation was by faith alone, believing the Bible was the only authority or not baptizing babies.

Is it reasonable to kill or torture people, even wiping out whole groups because they do not agree that the host and wine become Jesus’ real body and real blood? That is not Jesus’ way.

    “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”—Matthew 5:44

Part 5A Continued

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