Monday, August 16, 2004

Great Moments in Catholic Theology

KARA LOTT , COAST STAR, NJ - The First Holy Communion made by 8-year-old borough resident Haley Waldman in April is considered invalid in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church since the Holy Eucharist she received did not contain any wheat. The young girl's mother, Liz Waldman, said this week she had just recently learned of the ruling made by the church.

Haley was diagnosed with celiac disease, a genetic disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the lining of the small intestines in response to a food protein called gluten — found in wheat, rye, oats, barley, and related grains. Symptoms in children include weight loss or failure to gain weight, irritability, listlessness and diarrhea.

In following the traditions of Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, the Roman Catholic Church says its Communion hosts must contain some wheat, which contains gluten. An anonymous church in the area offered Haley a gluten-free Communion host for her first Holy Eucharist after St. Denis Church officials in Manasquan refused.

However, St. Denis did offer Haley other options, including a low-gluten host, which would contain .01 milligrams of gluten and has been endorsed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops — but Ms. Waldman did not accept on the grounds that any traces of gluten in her daughter's system could be toxic.


At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said..., they either treat kids REAL GOOD, or REAL BAD!!


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