On the Body and Blood of the Lord; On the Truth of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist

On the Body and Blood of the Lord; On the Truth of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist

Translated by MARK G. VAILLANCOURT
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt284v3z
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    On the Body and Blood of the Lord; On the Truth of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist
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    In this first English translation of Lanfranc's De corpore et sanguine Domini adversus Berengarium, the reader learns firsthand both the history of the crisis and the doctrinal issues in question

    eISBN: 978-0-8132-1753-6
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. ABBREVIATIONS
    (pp. xi-xii)
  5. SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
    (pp. xiii-xvi)
  6. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. 3-26)

    Next to Berengarius of Tours, Lanfranc of Canterbury stands out as one of the most significant figures in the eucharistic crisis of the eleventh century. Although he was only prior of Bec at the onset of the controversy, his theological acumen and forensic abilities were a significant factor in the literary warfare which marked the period of time immediately following the Council of Rome in 1059. The situation is much different, however, with Guitmund of Aversa. A student of Lanfranc and future Archbishop of Aversa, Guitmund’s name surfaces very little in the literary cross-fire of the period, and unlike Lanfranc,...

  7. LANFRANC, ON THE BODY AND BLOOD OF THE LORD
    (pp. 29-88)

    Lanfranc, [407 a] catholic by the mercy of God, to Berengarius, adversary of the Catholic Church.

    If divine piety had deigned to breathe into your heart the desire to speak with me, since it is a matter of great concern to both God’s honor and your soul, then you would have chosen an opportune place where the matter could have been discussed competently and with salutary deliberation. Such a meeting would have been very beneficial for you, but it would undoubtedly have benefited very many¹ of those whom you deceive since, truly deceived and liable to death, you send them...

  8. GUITMUND, ON THE TRUTH OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

    • FIRST BOOK
      (pp. 91-127)

      Dear brother Roger, [1427 A] you call upon me to address a matter truly necessary in these times—but one that should be enjoined upon someone better than I. For you ask me to treat of the truth of the Lord’s body in the face of current questions, and especially to refute in writing, to the best of my ability, the foolishness of Berengarius of Tours. Although my will—even necessity—leads me to deal with other matters useful to the soul, nevertheless I cannot lay aside your desires and entreaties, which I look upon quite favorably, since I know...

    • SECOND BOOK
      (pp. 128-172)

      Let me just say that, while I respond to your objections, if someone should read them, he would wisely observe that my effort at this time is not to counter the enemy entirely by our disputations, but rather to strengthen the Catholic faith against hostile arguments [1445 B]. For the former goal will come about at a later time with the help of God. For now, we wish so to distinguish the matter, as to show both the weakness of the enemy’s position and the impossibility of bringing anything against our faith. For when the enemy fails in his attacks...

    • THIRD BOOK
      (pp. 173-218)

      This discussion has thus far dissolved the arguments that the enemy was trying to advance against the Church from reason and the holy writings. [1469 A] In fact, the stratagems of the enemy would have been thoroughly frustrated, with the help of God, even had we supplied no more than the general custom of the Catholic faith. And this alone should have been enough for you. For only that faith should be held most firmly, even if strongly impugned, which is the Catholic faith. For whoever wishes to be saved—just as the holy Fathers have confirmed and the whole...

  9. Indices