That would certainly have surprised Aquinas, who was hard to provoke.
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The nearest he ever came to a sharp word was when he remarked that the theologian David of Dinant "stultissime" - most foolishly - argued that God was prime matter. Milbank and Pickstock seem to have picked up a similar banner of perversity. For Aquinas's understanding of the Eucharist was that bread and wine were turned into a different substance - the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ - in a change called transubstantiation.
The appearances of bread and wine remained, along with the other "accidents", including the taste and feel.
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