Her parents thought they found a solution in a rice Communion wafer -- free of gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains that makes her ill -- but official church policy forbids its use.
Children usually eat only the wafer, and adult Catholics sometimes receive both wafer and wine.
Let's cut to the chase. It's not wafer and wine. It's a recipe for making the Sacred Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Just like you can't make a cake with bricks - you can't make the Body and Blood of Christ out of rice.
Some of the conflicts have been bruising. In 2001, the Boston Archdiocese told the family of a 5-year-old girl with celiac disease that when she took her First Communion, she could not substitute rice wafers for traditional communion wafers. Her family left the church and began practicing as Methodists.
If they didn't understand that it ain't fitting to pretend the child is getting the Body and Blood of Christ in front of the whole community - then they did the right thing by moseying on down the road:
In New Jersey, a bishop declared invalid the First Communion of a girl with celiac disease who took rice wafers instead of those containing gluten. Her mother unsuccessfully petitioned the Vatican to reverse the decision.
Love this line:
Although the Coynes are grateful for the support of their priest, the Rev. Paul Clifford (ugh), they are discouraged by the church's rules on Communion, which they believe are overly rigid.
If she wants to (and she is physically able) consume Christ's Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity - let Father use the Mustum, sit down and shut up.
Shea, the archdiocesan spokesman, said Clifford was determined to find a solution. He offered to hold a special First Communion service for Victoria and her friends if she felt self-conscious about drinking the grape juice rather than taking a wafer, Shea said.
Did Shea use the words grape juice and wafer in the same sentence with Holy Communion?