A modern concept espoused by some Roman Catholic theologians as a rational

explanation of the Real Presence of Christ at Mass. The theory is that He

doesn't become substantially present, but that at the words of consecration

the elements take on the real significance of Christ, so that He is

sacramentally present.

This concept is based on the thought that there are two kinds of

presence, local and personal. Jesus is personally, but not locally, present

at the Mass.

The theory hasn't been accepted by the Magisterium but is used by

progressive priests who are embarrassed by the medieval tone of


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