Understanding the Eucharist
The majority of Catholics in Ireland do not attend Mass regularly and significant numbers do not believe in key tenets of the church’s teaching, according to an Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll. One of the key teachings, the transformation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ during the Eucharist, was only fully believed by 26% of Catholics. This raises questions both for what Catholicism means to people who are Catholic as well as how the Eucharist is being taught. It also raises challenges for the Eucharistic Congress, which is taking place next week from the 10th to the 17th of June. Miriam Gormally asked Gene Dalton, who is a practising Catholic, primary school teacher and member of Catholic Comment, whether she was surprised by the results and what they meant.