Bakulin Ivan

De Montcheuil’s Teaching of the Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

Bakulin Ivan (2016) "De Montcheuil’s Teaching of the Presence of Christ in the Eucharist ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia. Religiovedenie, 2016, vol. 67, pp. 33-44 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI201667.33-44


In the article we analyse the concept of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist of French theologian Y. de Montcheuil. Не did not published his article about the problem of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist till his death, that’s why his view on this problem stayed nearly unknown till the end of the 20th century. But in his article he formulated the crucial points of the new way of thinking about the real presence, which gave birth to the various alternative non-thomistic concepts of the real presence: ideas of transignification and transfinalization. We highlight the main problems of the traditional Catholic doctrine of the real presence in the 20th century and examine de Montcheuil’s concept in the context of the the offi cial teaching of Catholic Church in the 20th century. We explain why de Montcheuil’s concept could hardly be adopted in the context of the traditional Catholic doctrine of the real presence. Also we note, that some ideas of de Montcheuil are very close to the concept of the real presence of famous Russian theologian father Sergiy Bulgakov, who wrote his works about the Eucharist before de Montcheuil. We analyze de Montcheuil’s concept of the real presence from the Orthodox point of view and conclude that it is incompatible with the mainstream of patristic thought.


Catholicism, systematic theology, real presence, Eucharist, transubstantiation, transignifi cation, transfinalization, Yves de Montcheuil.


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Bakulin Ivan

Academic Degree: graduate student;
Place of work: Sts Cyril and Methodius’ Church Post-Graduate and Doctoral School 4/2-1 Piatnitskaia ul., Moscow 115035, Russian Federation;
Email: email: backulinivan@mail.ru.