I love slamming the Catholic church. They make it so easy.
This week’s installment involves 8 year old Haley Waldman of Brielle, New Jersey. The church has invalidated her First Communion ceremony because she used a wafer that was made of rice instead of wheat. That’s a no-no as far as the holy goofballs are concerned.
Is young Haley a rebel? Hardly. She suffers from a disorder called celiac sprue disease that prevents her from consuming anything that includes gluten. No big deal, one little communion wafer can’t hurt anyone, right? Check out these consequences:
>When consumed by celiac sufferers, gluten damages the lining of the small intestine, blocking nutrient absorption and leading to vitamin deficiencies, bone-thinning and sometimes gastrointestinal cancer.
Granted, the church allows local dioceses to decide whether substitutes are acceptable but shouldn’t the gasbags from Rome step in and bring a little common sense and compassion to this issue? Forget it, this is the same religion that brought you the Spanish Inquistions.