The Catholic Church holds the Holy Communion in high esteem. It is also called Eucharist, and it has always been the most important practice in this religion. This high-tier status detained the Vatican from applying major changes to this sacrament. Therefore, those who are intolerant to gluten might have no other choice but to skip the sacramental bread each Sunday for health safety.
The Safest Version of the Sacramental Bread Is Its Low-Gluten Alternative
Cardinal Robert Sarah wrote a letter in which he listed the new rules regarding gluten in communion bread. It turns out that this protein which is harmful to some people can’t be missing from host.
Therefore, church goers have to see if they are tolerant to the safer alternative of a low-gluten nibble. The argument in favor of this ban is that all products used in sacred practices have to be natural. Wheat needs plenty of such a protein to make the wafer without artificial additives.
The new ruling came into effect at the demand of Pope Francis. The Holy authorities put an end on recipe variations that circulate the market the moment such sacramental bread became available on the online world. Therefore, the rules make it clear that no producer should add anything else but natural ingredients. Otherwise, customers would not be able to reciprocate the sacrament of communion the right way.
“Hosts that are completely gluten-free are invalid matter for the celebration of the Eucharist.”
Both Wine and Bread Used in Sacrament Have to Have Natural Ingredients
Sarah has even resorted to the example of the holy wine to underline the importance of such a ruling. He stated that wine as well should contain only pure, natural elements. However, people who can’t tolerate alcohol do have an alternative at their disposal.
The Catholic Church allows them to drink mustum or must instead of wine. This liquid is nothing else but non-fermented grape juice. Catholics believe that sacrament can turn bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.
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