Gluten and Communion: What’s a celiac to do?

Gluten and Communion: What’s a celiac to do?

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Gluten and Communion: What’s a celiac to do?

The rules for gluten and fellowship hosts that have become viral throughout the weekend are nothing new in the Catholic Church.

On Saturday morning, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a circular to the bishops reiterating existing norms on the question of the Eucharist, including the standard of armies of communion must contain a certain amount of Gluten must be valid for consecration.

On Saturday night, (misinterpreted) news have spread like gunpowder: “The Catholic Church bans gluten communion,” said many media. It was such a hot topic that Twitter has been declared a “moment” of world news.

But these are the existing standards – there is no change, there is no announcement of new norms or the prohibition of celiac the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Gluten Hosts have always been an invalid matter for the sacrifice of the Mass, which means that Catholics

With celiac disease they have struggled with other options for communion.
Usually, these reminder letters are issued when someone, usually a bishop, raised an issue or been alerted to a possible misuse of the rule.

But the letter has left lingering questions about people with celiac disease (or who have other serious wheat allergies) and communion.

This is what the Church and Catholics with celiac disease have to say about becoming gluten-free for communion.

Bread of wheat and grape wine are the subject of the sacrament of the Eucharist because Christ instituted the sacrament by virtue of this species. In addition, Christ is compared to a grain of wheat and vines.

At one point the gluten issue appeared, and if the bread used for Holy Communion requires at least some gluten (gliadin protein and companion) to be considered a valid wheat bread for the sacrament.
A circular in July 2003 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, taking note of documents from the 1980s and 1990s, recalled that “completely gluten-free hosts are an invalid subject for the celebration of the Eucharist.”

He added that “minimum amount of gluten (partially gluten free) are valid, provided they contain a sufficient amount of gluten to obtain the bread making without addition of foreign materials and without the use of procedures that alter the type of bread.”

And in 2004 the Congregation for Divine Worship wrote in its instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum: “The bread used in the celebration of the most holy Eucharistic sacrifice must be without warning, only wheat and done recently, so that there is no danger of rupture.

It follows, therefore, that bread made of another substance, even if there is a grain, or if it is mixed with another substance other than wheat, so it would not be wheat bread commonly considered, does not constitute valid matter to make the Sacrifice and the sacrament of the Eucharist. ”

That said, the Church recognizes that it should not exclude the reception of communist Catholics with celiac disease and accommodation with respect to those who can not eat normal bread.

Choices for Celiac Communion: Counseling a Cured with Celiac Disease
A common person affected by celiac disease who can not receive even a large amount of low gluten content can communion under single species of wine.

A priest in a similar situation, taking part in a concelebration, may, with the permission of the Ordinary, to communion under the species of single wine. But such a priest can celebrate the Eucharist individually, or a concelebration chair.

Father Joseph Faulkner, a priest of the Diocese of Lincoln, was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2008.

Already a priest, he had to receive special permission from his dioceses to use a minimum amount of gluten to celebrate the sacrifice of the mass.

Faulkner told the ANC he was surprised that the communion rules letter exploded so quickly on Twitter, but he saw it as a learning moment.

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