This question deals with a very special case of transubstantiation: â€˜â€¦in the 8th century A.D., in the little Church of St. Legontian, as a divine response to a Basilian monk’s doubt about Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharistâ€¦the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood â€¦â€™ according to the website. â€˜Live flesh and bloodâ€™ eh? It seems nonsense already.
Knowing how much people in the dark and middle ages competed to affirm their faith, we have to ask: â€˜What is the connection between the original host (if it was ever there) and the flesh?â€™ The Lanciano Eucharistic Miracle site claims that the â€˜fleshâ€™ has been verified by â€˜scientific studyâ€™ as being of human origin. This verification means nothing if there is no credible evidence that the â€˜miracleâ€™, i.e. the physical change ever took place. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary and incontestable evidence.
In 1988, my son had a school project to speculate on the nature of the Turin Shroud just before some pieces of it were carbon-dated. His conclusion, if I remember correctly, was that even if the Shroud were dated to round about AD30, this didnâ€™t prove anything. In the event, the pieces dated, according to three separate and independent laboratories, to the middle ages. In other words, the artefact is a forgery. For more details, see Wikipedia.
The Lanciano Eucharistic Miracle site uses the Turin Shroud to support the â€˜transubtantiationâ€™. Apparently, the blood types are the same on each. To use evidence from a fake in support of a highly dubious â€˜miracleâ€™, torpedoes the claim immediately. Further, without this devastation, the claim itself is already open to massive doubt: even if the â€˜fleshâ€™ turns out to be datable to around AD30 â€“ and Iâ€™ll bet it doesnâ€™t – this still doesnâ€™t mean very much. Finally, how can anyone be certain that the wafers were not replaced with human tissue at some time during the last twelve hundred years?
This claim is something that many people, apart from atheists, would dismiss immediately. Even people of faith would find their credulity strained in the extreme. No Protestant and few thinking Catholics would accept this nonsense.
It may also be useful to consult Wikipedia on â€˜Miraclesâ€™ and â€˜Transubstantiationâ€™. There’s always common sense, too.
Posted: July 31st 2007
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