An 8-year-old girl who suffers from a rare digestive disorder and cannot consume wheat has had her first Holy Communion declared invalid because the wafer contained none, violating Catholic doctrine.I have a friend who has the celiac disease, and it is a major problem for a great many people. That beurocrats within the church cannot see their way to help people follow God, rather than get in the way, is just annoying, and very sad.
Now, Haley Waldman's mother is pushing the Diocese of Trenton and the Vatican to make an exception, saying the girl's condition "celiac sprue disease" should not exclude her from participating in the sacrament, in which Roman Catholics eat consecrated wheat-based wafers to commemorate the last supper of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion.
Sometimes I think Ghandi had it right when he said, "I'd be a Christian if it were not for the Christians."
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