It was one of those rare moments where international media picks up on a liturgical directive in a Vatican letter, Emma Winters writes in America Magazine today.
Over the weekend headlines read “Gluten-free bread for Holy Communion is Toast, says the Vatican.” “No gluten-free hosts for Eucharist, Vatican says, but GMOs OK,” said another headline. Yet another read, “Catholic Church confirms its opposition to going gluten free.”
As I read the headlines, my mind immediately went to my friend Clare. We almost always go to Mass together at Boston College, where we are both students. Clare, who suffers from celiac disease, is generally offered a gluten-free host.