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Vatican: Holy communion bread can not be gluten

Vatican: Holy communion bread can not be gluten

Until recently, it was certain religious communities that baked the unleavened bread and made the wine for the celebration of the Eucharist during Catholic masses.

The letter stipulates that the bread used must be made of wheat and specifically outlaws any kind of gluten-free alternative. Both bread and wine made from genetically-modified organisms, however, are perfectly acceptable.

The introduction of any other substances, "such as fruit or sugar or honey, for confecting the bread" is, described as "a grave abuse". For those who do not wish to drink alcohol, it may be replaced by a wort, " that is to say, of the juice of the grape, fresh or preserved, which are suspended from the fermentation through processes that do not alter the nature ". "Permission can be granted habitually, for as long as the situation continues which occasioned the granting of permission" (C. 1).

Chances are, if you're a practicing Catholic with celiac disease, you weren't taking Communion anyway, because despite the doctrine of transubstantiation-in which Catholics believe that the Communion wafer turns into the body of Jesus Christ-it still contains wheat, and not even Jesus can save you from autoimmune disorders.

The letter also reminds the Bishops that the wine must be "fruit of the grape" and not mixed with anything else.

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in. Producers "must be aware that their work is directed toward the eucharistic sacrifice and that this demands their honesty, responsibility and competence", it added. Yes, if you're buying your communion wafers on the dark web, this could mean trouble for you.

Over the past decade, demand has grown for gluten-free products. According to the Code of Canon Law, communion bread must be made of wheat in order to transform.

Most parishes still source their communion from religious communities, but a small number have resorted to using supplies purchased online or even in specialty stores. But over the weekend he dealt a harsh blow to Catholics with celiac disease, wheat allergies, and also your annoying neighbor who thinks that gluten makes her head hurt or something.

The release also advises, "The lay faithful who are not able to receive Holy Communion at all under the species of bread, even of low-gluten hosts, may receive Holy Communion under the species of wine only, regardless of whether the Precious Blood is offered to the rest of the faithful present at a given celebration of Mass".

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