Is the Real Presence in the Creeds?

Q. It bothers me that the central tenet of our faith — that is, the Real Presence in the Eucharist — is not mentioned in either the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed. If it were, there would be no question when this issue comes up in debates with other Christians. 

A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D:

In fact, the central tenet of our faith is belief in God. Of all affirmations in the Creeds, belief in God is “the most fundamental. The whole Creed speaks of God, and when it speaks of man and of the world it does so in relation to God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 199). 

Putting a reference to the Real Presence in the Eucharist in the Creeds would solve no problems. Non-Catholics would still be divided from us and with one another over what “real presence” means. Think of the countless divergences of belief among non-Catholics about another section of the Creed, “the one holy catholic and apostolic church.”