Monday, May 23, 2005

My Problem with the Catholic Church #929

This post is dedicated to my best friend JustRose and her daughter P, both who know the havoc that life-threatening allergies can reek on a family...

Haley Waldman, age eight, was told by the Catholic Church that her first communion -with Eucharist blessed by a priest- does not count.
See, Haley has celiac disease which prevents her from eating wheat in any form (she could DIE) and used a rice wafer instead of a wheat wafer. Apparently (and this is a quote folks) 'Jesus discerns between wheat and rice'.

"It’s more than that, according to church doctrine, which holds that communion wafers must have at least some unleavened wheat, as did the bread served at the Last Supper. The Diocese of Trenton has told Waldman’s mother that the girl can receive a low-gluten host, drink wine at communion or abstain entirely, but that any host without gluten does not qualify as Holy Communion.
Now, the mother is seeking papal intervention. She has written to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, challenging the church’s policy." (source)

The Catholic Church changes what they believe all the time... and if one situation warrants an exception I think it's this one. I don't believe this girl won't go to heaven if she doesn't eat a cracker and drink some wine --but she does...

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