CFN’s editor-in-chief Brian McCall interviews Fr. Armand de Malleray, FSSP, author of the new book, Ego Eimi — It Is I (Sophia Institute Press, 2022).
When asked why he felt compelled to write a book on the mystery of the Most Blessed Sacrament at this time, Fr. de Malleray cited the widespread lack of faith in transubstantiation and the Real Presence on Christ in the Holy Eucharist among Catholics — as evidenced, for example, by the 2019 Pew Research Center survey. “We cannot love what we do not know,” explains Fr. de Malleray during the interview. “And so, the purpose of the book is precisely to equip the average believer with sufficient knowledge.”
Providentially, in light of yesterday’s major news regarding the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade (1973) by the United States Supreme Court in the near future (news which broke after this interview was recorded and posted), Fr. de Malleray describes a section in his book in which he draws a parallel between errors which lead to a rejection of transubstantiation and those which lead to a rejection of the humanity and rights of unborn children:
“With abortion, those who support it say that whatever is in the womb of the mother is too small to count as a human being. And there’s a parallel with the Holy Eucharist, in the traditional approach, when traditionally we say a fragment [of the Eucharist], even though it’s much smaller than a full Host, it still is Jesus fully. And the traditional understanding of the human presence in the womb is that size doesn’t matter, size is irrelevant to the reality of the presence.”
CFN thanks Fr. de Malleray for granting us this interview and hopes that his new book will find a wide and receptive audience.