Can you refute Brian Culliton's article on the Real Presence?
Here is the article you reference.
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The analysis of the article you cited is without solid foundation, which can be readily inferred, for example, from the author’s misguided analysis of St. Ignatius of Antioch’s “Letter to the Smyrnaeans.” There is no doubt that Ignatius and other early Church Fathers believed in and taught the Real Presence of the Eucharist.
Ignatius notes there were heretics in the early Church who denied the Real Presence, and yet their erroneous teaching did not endure, whereas the Church’s teaching did (see Matt. 16:18, 1 Tim. 3:15). In addition, there was no major break among Christians on this teaching until the Protestant Reformation. Indeed, the Real Presence was not an issue among Catholics and Orthodox Christians regarding the Schism of 1054, as both Catholics and the Orthodox always taught and continue to teach the Real Presence of the Eucharist.
In so teaching, the early Church Fathers and the Catholic Church in general follow the faithful example of our founder and Savior, Jesus Christ. For more on our Lord’s perspective, please see our “Christ in the Eucharist” tract. Culliton is gravely mistaken in arguing that Jesus taught a merely symbolic view in the “Bread of Life Discourse” in John 6.
For an even deeper biblical examination of the Eucharist, I recommend my book The Biblical Roots of the Mass, which you can also purchase from Catholic Answers.