transubstantiation :

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  • n  the Roman Catholic doctrine that the whole substance of the bread and the wine changes into the substance of the body and blood of Christ when consecrated in the Eucharist
  • n  an act that changes the form or character or substance of something

  • The Roman Catholic Church has taught for centuries that at the moment of consecration in the Mass, the bread and wine undergo "transubstantiation," becoming the actual substance .
  • Last week Paul issued an encyclical firmly in favor of transubstantiation.
  • Several Dutch thinkers, for example, have tried to redefine the doctrine of transubstantiation in the Eucharist, which was made dogma at the Council of Trent; others have .

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