August 20, 2004

Damn Digestive Disorder

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at August 20, 2004 1:47 PM

Someone remind me why anyone takes the Catholic Church seriously:

Church Denies 8-Year-Old's Non-Wheat Communion

An 8-year-old girl who has a rare digestive disorder and cannot consume wheat has had her first Communion declared invalid because the wafer contained none.

Now, Haley Waldman's mother is pushing the Diocese of Trenton and the Vatican to make an exception, saying the sacrament should be changed to accommodate the girl's condition.

This sort of absurd Bible-lawyering on the part of the church is hardly a surprise; what is surprising is that in 21st century America there are people who will try to get the decision changed, rather than simply telling the church where to stick their unleavened-wheat communion wafer. What further demonstration do people need that these guys wouldn't know spirituality if it bit them on their collective ass?

(Via Fafblog, which is really the only blog that can address this at an appropriate level.)


Hoooooooly crap. Just when I think the Catholic Church can't get any more twisted they pull crap like this. Unfuckingbelievable.

Posted by: Tracy | August 20, 2004 2:07 PM

I might comment that I don't think this is representative of every diocese. At least the one that dealt with the Charlotte area didn't have nearly this rules-lawyering feel to it. That said, I think it's pretty idiotic for them to do this, given the original is at best not meant literally. (Not that many religious groups don't treat the bible literally, but...)

Posted by: Zifnab | August 20, 2004 3:40 PM
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