Protestants and the Real Presence

I was talking to another seminarian last night who recently had the undesirable (but necessary, from the Catholic standpoint) of telling a Protestant friend that he knew well that she was not in the proper state to receive communion.  Interestingly enough, several of the other seminarians listening gave their own stories about how Protestants just don’t understand why Catholics forbid them to receive. 

Perhaps I’ve just been Catholic all my life, and so therefore I just haven’t seen enough of Protestant-land to understand why they don’t see anything wrong with what they are doing.  So I am going to construct an argument as to why Protestants should not receive, and I would like those few Protestants who read my blog respond.  This argument assumes the denial of the Real Presence, that Jesus is really present in Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the bread and wine–in fact, Catholics even go so far as to say that the “bread” and “wine” are no longer even bread and wine at all, but only appear to be so, and that the species are in reality Jesus.  There’s nothing metaphorical about it.  With that said.

1.  Assume that a given Protestant does not believe in the doctrine of the Real Presence.

2. Idolatry is strictly forbidden; worshipping someone or some thing which is not God is morally repugnant. 

3.  When a Protestant says, “amen” before receiving Catholic Communion, he is publically stating that he believes the Eucharist is in fact God, given that he knows Catholic teaching on the matter.

4.  If the Eucharist is not in fact God, then the Protestant who receives Communion believes that he is committing an act of idolatry.

So then what is it that Protestants don’t see?  Why, despite the threat of contradicting their beliefs and committing an act of idolatry to boot, do many Protestants still receive? 

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