Definition: Appearing to be physically present in more than one place at the same time. In Catholicism, this is used as an explanation of how Jesus could be present at the Last Supper and also be physically present in the bread and wine. Transubstantiation was formally declared as dogma in the Catholic Church in 1215. Mary bilocated when she allegedly appeared to the apostle James in Spain while standing on a pillar in Jerusalem. A pillar was erected at the site in Spain, and she is now venerated as the Lady of the Pillar. The occultist Aleister Crowley also allegedly bilocated.
Discussion: At the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples to commemorate his pending death through thankfully gathering for a communal meal with fellow Christians (Lk. 22:19). The church is the body of Christ, so as it gathers and remembers Jesus, He is also spiritually present at the commemoration (Mt. 28:20). Catholicism has created an idol (bread) that is worshiped as Jesus. The teaching of Jesus’ physical presence in the Catholic host is a stumbling block to Catholics. It keeps them from leaving the Catholic Church with its unbiblical teachings, traditions, and legends.
Articles & Viewpoints:
- Article from the Catholic Encyclopedia – Bilocation