Sam Norton, an Anglican priest points out that they way we’ve thought about the nature of the Body of Christ (Corpus Christi) has changed from the first millennium to the second:
“For the first thousand years or so of Christianity, the ‘corpus verum’, the body that could be touched and handled with reverence, referred to the church, ie the community of the baptised. So, your neighbour in the community was worthy of reverence and respect. Harming your neighbour, eg murder, wasn’t just immoral, it was blasphemy. Correlative with that, the ‘corpus mysticum’ – that which could only be perceived with the eyes of faith – was the host, that which was consumed in the context of Eucharistic worship.
In the course of the twelfth century, in the Western church, these meanings were reversed, with awful consequences.”
Read the full article here.
As a Puseyite, I can only add my fervent AMEN to Sam’s point.