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The Solemn Infallible Teaching of Christ in His Church

These Canons are taken from the Council of Trent. We must believe each of the following, if we wish to be Catholic and to be saved, no matter what anyone else may say.


If anyone deny 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 says that He is only therein as in a sign, or in figure, or by his power; let him be anathema (accursed).


If anyone denies that in the venerable Sacrament of the Eucharist the whole Christ is contained under each species and under each and every portion of either species when it is divided up: let him be anathema.


If anyone says that, after the consecration is com­pleted, the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ are not in the admirable Sacrament of the Eucharist, but (are there) only during the use, whilst it is being taken, and not either before or after; and that, in the Hosts, or consecrated particles, which are reserved or which remain after Communion, the true Body of the Lord remains not; let him be anathema.


If anyone says that faith alone is a sufficient preparation for receiving the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist; let him be anathema. The Council of Trent also teaches: A person who desires to communi­cate should recall the Apostle's command: "But let a man prove himself" (I Cor. 11:28). The custom of the Church makes it clear that the proof necessary is this: no one who has a mortal sin on his conscience shall dare receive the Holy Eucharist before making a sacramental Confession, regardless of how contrite he may think he is. This holy council declares that this custom is to be kept forever by all Christians, including even priests who are bound to celebrate in virtue of their office provided that they have access to a confessor. If, in case of necessity, a priest should celebrate without having confessed, he should confess as soon as possible.

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