This kind of thing really upsets me:
Church Says Girl’s Communion Not Valid
By JOHN CURRAN, Associated Press Writer
Fri Aug 20, 6:33 AM ET
BRIELLE, N.J. – An 8-year-old girl who suffers from a rare digestive disorder and cannot eat wheat has had her first Holy Communion declared invalid because the wafer contained no wheat, violating Roman Catholic doctrine.
Now, Haley Waldman’s mother is pushing the Diocese of Trenton and the Vatican (news – web sites) to make an exception, saying the girl’s condition should not exclude her from the sacrament, which commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion. The mother believes a rice Communion wafer would suffice.
“It’s just not a viable option. How does it corrupt the tradition of the Last Supper? It’s just rice versus wheat,” said Elizabeth Pelly-Waldman.
Church doctrine holds that Communion wafers, like the bread served at the Last Supper, must have at least some unleavened wheat. Church leaders are reluctant to change anything about the sacrament.
(Full article here.)
For Pete’s sake — The bread. Is. Blessed.
The priest uses his God-given powers to bless the bread, performing the ritual magic which transforms the object into the body of Christ. That’s what transubstantiation means. Are you telling me that God isn’t capable of changing a rice wafer into the body of Christ? That the blessings don’t take if it’s not wheat?
Denying someone access to their faith because the individual cannot/will not comprimise their health isn’t only unfair, it’s bigoted.
The Catholic faith is a beautiful one. It’s too bad the bureaucrats spoil the spiritual aspect of that faith.