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[Image: The Mass at Bolsena by Raphael depicts a Eucharistic miracle that took place in 1263 at the church of Santa Cristina in Bolsena. A Bohemian priest who doubted the doctrine of transubstantiation was celebrating mass at Bolsena, when the Eucharist began to bleed. Pope Julius II is included kneeling to the right of the altar, as symbolically witnessing the miracle.]

A well-known Jesuit’s public rejection of transubstantiation raises a number of serious concerns about both the state of the Church and the validity of his Masses.

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine, Feb. 7, 2023

Eric Sammons is the editor-in-chief of Crisis Magazine.


Eric Sammons

If there’s one thing that’s true of today’s Catholic Church, it’s that Jesuits gonna Jesuit.

Fr. Thomas Reese, S.J., America’s second-worst Jesuit, has a history of undermining Church teaching while maintaining plausible deniability. It’s the modern Jesuit way. So while he typically won’t outright deny Catholic teaching on the pelvic issues the Catholic Left is so obsessed with—contraception, abortion, homosexuality—he will call it into question at every opportunity.

But recently, like Fr. James Martin, Reese appears to be getting bolder in his dissent from Catholic teaching. In a recent article for National Catholic Reporter, he wrote,

Since my critics often accuse me of heresy, before I go further, let me affirm that I believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. I just don’t believe in transubstantiation because I don’t believe in prime matter, substantial forms and accidents that are part of Aristotelian metaphysics. …