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The Challenges of Being Catholic with Celiac Disease

Why the sudden hype?

The letters that were sent out were not meant to cause such a big kerfuffle and were certainly not meant to ‘ban celiacs from communion’ however, they were sent out with a purpose.  It used to be that the bread and wine that was used for holy mass were only made by certain religious orders.  In fact, up to a few years ago, it was virtually impossible for a layperson to get their hands on their own communion host without help from the parish priest or members of a church. 

Today, thanks to marketplaces like Amazon, just about anyone can order themselves communion hosts - whether they be regular, low gluten or “gluten-free”. 

The letters that were sent out by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments were done so as a gentle reminder to Catholic bishops to do their due diligence and ensure that the low gluten communion hosts used in their churches met the appropriate guidelines.