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Synod 2006: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 80


The italicized text below is what will be placed in brackets in the future with an explanation that the CRC no longer believes that text adequately reflects the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church:

Question: How does the Lord’s Supper differ from the Roman Catholic Mass?

Answer: The Lord’s Supper declares to us that our sins have been completely forgiven through the one sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which he himself finished on the cross once and for all.

It also declares to us that the Holy Spirit grafts us into Christ, who with his very body is now in heaven at the right hand of the Father where he wants us to worship him.

But the Mass teaches that the living and dead do not have their sins forgiven through the suffering of Christ, unless Christ is still offered for them daily by the priests.

It also teaches that Christ is bodily present in the form of bread and wine where Christ is therefore to be worshiped.

Thus the Mass is basically nothing but a denial of the one sacrifice and suffering of Jesus Christ and a condemnable idolatry.

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