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Catholic church invalidates girl's first communion because she used a gluten free wafer.

Given the news less than ten days ago of Catholic bishops denying Communion to politicians who do not support the Church's position on abortion with legislation, one would almost wonder if they're trying to ration the wafers for some reason. Really, one would think with the low-carb movement, there'd be a surplus of material to make 'em. *smirks sardonically*

Seriously, I can't believe they're denying her Communion due to a medical condition.

I'd be very curious to see if anyone has statistics on whether attendance has declined more in Catholic churches than in other congregations since the Sixties. I'd also be interested in seeing where attendance spikes/and deficits occurred related to news events and Papal announcements. It just seems to me that they'd be alienating at least a certain segment of followers, thus reducing their numbers and influence. In other words, I am wondering if they're shooting themselves in the foot.

Really, though . . . if the sacrament of Communion can transform one grain product, why not another? Is it not the ritual that is of value, rather than the substance used to represent the symbol (within reason)?

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arafel
Aug. 13th, 2004 12:20 pm (UTC)
...I can't believe that. How completely insensitive.

So the transubstantiation can only happen if wheat's in the wafer? WTF?

Man, every time I read something like this, I'm more and more glad I left the Church.

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