Sam Norton has thrown more light on Corpus Christi over at Elizaphanian.
It has got me thinking again about the differences between Catholicism and Protestantism. I have just filled out my application form for theological college for training, should I be recommended, which felt a bit weird because I had figured I would only apply if I knew I had got through. This, however doesn't seem to be the way it works. (In fact, I wonder if I have been in a bit of denial about the whole thing. I kept meeting people at college who were visitors and I would ask them whether they were hoping to come here as an ordinand to which they would reply yes, I would then congratulate them and ask them about their Bap but they would tell me they hadn't been yet, they will go in July. It took me ages to wake up to the fact that I am in the same position. )
Anyway, so they ask in one section if I have any problem with the 39 articles and at first I filled it out essay style (typical!) discussing how I accept their theological truths but also see them as a product of their time; a statement of what the faith is 'not', as well as a statement as to what it is and also a reaction against a type of Catholicism which might not be practised today. On the last score, at this point, I have to say, I'm not sure.
I have attended Polish Catholic Church a couple of times a year with my husband's family and yes, it is a bit different. No Eucharist for me - ouch! No wine for them - em! So I am thinking again what are the real differences between Catholicism and Protestantism. Transubstantiation - I understand it - but I have also heard my Catholic mother-in-law talk about how she understands it is not actually turned into Christ's body. Are there some subtleties between 'real presence' and the symbol which I am not quite grasping?
I wonder what explanations my husband is formulating for his family, I also wonder whether his mum (whom I dearly love and do not want to wound) will be upset by her son's decision.
A challenge for you:
Summarise the differences between Catholicism and Protestantism in as few words as you can.