The Catholic Church teaches that Christ’s presence is in the Holy Eucharist. Does it mean that the Catholics who will receive the Holy Eucharist commit cannibalism?
Let us define the following terms:
Cannibalism – the usually ritualistic eating of human flesh by a human being; the eating of the flesh of an animal by another animal of the same kind
Holy Eucharist – The Holy Eucharist is a sacrament and a sacrifice. In the Holy Eucharist, under the appearances of bread and wine, the Lord Christ is contained, offered, and received. The change of the entire substance of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ is called Transubstantiation. Our Lord was able to change bread and wine into His body and blood by His almighty power.
Regarding to the question being raised, well the answer is NO because it was Christ who established this Eucharistic sacrifice and commanded to do this in memory of him (Lk 22:14-23).
Also, Christ said that whoever partake it really eat and drink his body and blood (Jn 6:55-56). He also said that he will dwell to those who eat his body and drink his blood then will will have everlasting life (Jn 6:54-57).
Even St. Paul, the apostles and the disciples emphasized the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist (1 Cor 10, Acts 2).
We have to remember that we must obey the words of Christ since he is telling the truth, sent by the Father, and the light of the world (Jn . Also, the father told that we must listen to Christ and he is pleased in him (Mt 17, Lk 9).
It is not a cannibalistic practice since Christ never mentioned it when he established the Holy Eucharist. What we need to do is to follow Christ’s instructions since it was already the Father in heaven who told to listen to his son and Christ said that it is really his body and blood that we partake. It is already proven as I stated above the supporting verses from the Bible.
That such cannibalism idea in connection with the Holy Eucharist is just an idea of man and remember that the thoughts of GOD is different and can’t be measured by man (Isa 55:7-8). What is impossible to man is possible in God (Lk 1).
If we really have faith in Christ, then we must believe it though we can’t really literally see his body parts in the Eucharist, since it was Christ himself who said that and faith is the believing of things that are unseen (Heb 11:1-2). If we questioned Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist, then it’s just the same that we don’t believe him and our faith is useless. The more we questioned its credibility and have doubts in his presence in the Eucharist, and then it shows that we don’t have the faith. If we really trust and believe in him, then we must obey him and as what Christ said that we really partake his body and blood (Jn 6:54-57, Lk 22:14-23).
We can’t say that Catholics committed cannibalism because you can’t find in any Bible verse that you commit such act every time that there is Eucharistic sacrifice. Besides, it was Christ who said that and not invented by the Catholic Church. For sure you cannot find any Bible verse that states “Christ’s body will be in the toilet when you bowel” and Eucharist is designed for the spiritual purposes, not for the toilet. Even those who oppose this teaching can’t proof their arguments using Bible and Science.
Most of all, it talks about Christ and the faith, not our own perceptions. Therefore, we must be careful on the shape of our thoughts (Prov 4).