Q. 1. Some of my friends who are protestant, they accuse us Catholics of being cannibals because we claim to eat the Body and Blood of Christ during the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. How do I respond to that accusation?
A. 1. This Protestant accusation does not hold water for a number of reasons. These are:
a.) Cannibals kill their victim. Catholics do not kill Jesus prior to receiving Holy Communion. Nor does Jesus die when he is consumed in Holy Communion.
b.) Cannibals eat their victim in a cannibalistic form. Catholics receive Jesus in the form of bread and wine.
c.) Cannibals eat part of their victim. Catholics receive the fulness of Jesus, body, soul and divinity.
d.) Cannibals shed the blood of their victims. Through the Sacrament of the Holy Communion, Jesus gives Himself to us in a non-bloody way.
e.) The form of the victim is changed when eaten by the cannibal. When Catholics received Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, Jesus is not changed at all. In fact, it is the person who is receiving the Holy Eucharist that is changed spiritually.