British medical researchers have shown that gliadin, a substance
coming from the gluten in the wheat flour used to make communion
wafers, could exacerbate celiac disease, affecting one person in
1,000 in England and one in 300 in Catholic Ireland.
Roman Catholics, many of whom are at risk, aren't supposed to worry,
though. Their church assures them that their priest has actually turned
the wafer into the body, blood and soul of Jesus Christ, so there can't
be any gliadin in their communion wafers.
Not Too Sure
But the faithful aren't taking any chances. Apparently not too sure that
the wafers have really been turned into little round pieces of Jesus,
Catholics have mounted a campaign to encourage the Vatican to accept wafers
that aren't made from wheat paste.
While this may seem a bit silly to Protestants, who view their communion
wafers as mere symbols, Roman Catholics take a different view. Out to set
Australian Catholics straight, a representative of Cardinal Newman Catechist
Centre reminded them that "there is no bread and no wine on the altar after
the consecration (by the priest)."
He went on to explain that this is why they are so concerned about people
dropping fragments on the floor, and stepping on them. They don't want to
insult God by having folks walk on Him.
Some non-Catholics shrug this off as a mere theological oddity. Yet they
forget that the most simple definition of idolatry is to worship anything
that is "created," instead of the Creator. That is exactly what Roman Catholics do.
Convinced that their priest has exercised his unique power to pull Christ
off his throne, bring Him to earth, and change Him into a piece of bread,
they worship the little wafer with their whole hearts. This is their god,
a tiny, white, harmless wafer of wheat paste. He is the complete possession
and creation of their priest.
No wonder the faithful, ever mindful that Jesus is being sacrificed anew daily
all over the world, cannot possibly have faith that one so weak and ever-dying
has the power to give them eternal life. Instead, they trust in the priest
who exercises such unspeakable power!
So why all the fuss? Even if you suffer from celiac disease, there isn't any
wheat paste left in a communion wafer... or is there?