Torture and Eucharist are opposing disciplinae arcanorum using different means and different ends. Where torture is an anti-liturgy for the realization of the state’s power on the bodies of others, Eucharist is the liturgical realization of Christ’s suffering and redemptive body in the bodies of His followers. Torture create fearful and isolated bodies, bodies docile to the purposes of the regime; Eucharist effects the body of Christ, a body marked by resistance to worldly power. Torture creates victims; Eucharist creates witnesses, martyrs. Isolation is overcome in the Eucharist by the building of a communal body which resists the state’s attempts to disappear it. (William T Cavanaugh, Torture and Eucharist, p.206)

 

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