Introduction: Beyond Eucharistic Idealism.
1. The Desire of Israel.
2. The Eucharist and Expiatory Sacrifice.
3. The Eucharist and the Communion of Charity.
5. The Liturgy of the Eucharist.
6. Conclusion: Cruciform Communion.
- An exploration of the character of the Eucharist as communion in and through sacrifice.
- Argues that the Eucharist cannot be separated from sacrifice, and rediscovers the biblical connections between sacrifice and communion.
- Timed to coincide with the Year of the Eucharist, proclaimed by Pope John Paul II.
- Responds to Pope John Paul II’s encyclical work Ecclesia de Eucharistia.
- Critiques the dominant paradigm for Eucharistic theology established in the 1960s by Edward Schillebeeckx and Karl Rahner, who sought to bypass sacrifice.
- Reclaims the riches of St Thomas Aquinas’s theology of the Eucharist, which had recently been reduced to a metaphysical defence of transubstantiation.