The Catholic Church insists that when a piece of bread is consecrated, it magically — and literally — becomes the “body of Christ.” Yet for some reason, that bread still retains its gluten while also simultaneously being meat. But now the church is going to offer gluten-free Jesus to the faithful.
In recent years, people inconvenienced by celiac disease have increasingly turned to gluten-free food alternatives as part of an effort to lead a normal life while avoiding the protein composite that triggers symptoms of the disorder.
But just when many thought they have seen the height of the diet’s popularity, it has reached a new frontier: the Catholic Church. Observers of the Catholic faith can now adhere to doctor’s orders without worry when they take low-gluten wafers with their wine during the Holy Communion.
“Our consciousness of this is definitely being raised,” said Father Michael Flynn, executive director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, recently told Reuters. “The question that’s always kind of a balancing act is how much can you tweak bread and still have it be bread.”…Part of the issue lies in reconciling health concerns and the Code of Canon Law which requires the taking of the Holy Communion using wheat bread.
In 1995, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, penned a letter to the Episcopal Conferences in which he expanded the Code of Canon Law, so that Catholics with celiac disease wouldn’t feel marginalized. From that point on, low-gluten bread would be considered “valid matter” as long as no additional substances “alter[ed] the nature of the substance of the bread.”
This seems really silly to me. If a wheat cracker can magically transform into a tiny speck of Jesus, surely a rice cracker can too. I find it funny that they think magic has to comply with strict rules — rules they made up themselves, of course. Now they just need to come up with a GMO-free, cruelty-free, locally sourced free range Jesus.