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25-12-2014, 07:13 AM (This post was last modified: 25-12-2014 07:52 AM by TheInquisition.)
U.S. churches catching on to communion breads free of gluten
I guess the whole transubstantiation thing isn't really working out. Laughat


U.S. churches catching on to communion breads free of gluten

Dec 24 (Reuters) - Rachel Rieger figured getting diagnosed with celiac disease and having to rid gluten from her diet meant she could no longer partake of the wheat-based communion bread that represents a key facet of her Catholic faith.

"It was tough for me to cope with," said Rieger, 23.

She was thrilled when her priest in Cleveland, Ohio, told her the church allows a low-gluten wafer generally considered safe for people who suffer damage to their small intestine when they eat the gluten protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

The priest would keep one of the low-gluten wafers aside for Rieger when she received communion.

Low-gluten and gluten-free communion options are becoming more readily available at churches across the United States, as religious leaders respond to the increasing prevalence of people with gluten intolerance and manufacturers create products that meet most dietary and liturgical needs.

Researchers say celiac disease is now four times more common than it was 60 years ago, though many of the approximately one in 100 people who have it go undiagnosed. The autoimmune disorder can cause severe stomach pain, weight loss and fatigue.

Sister Lynn D'Souza spent several years helping to create the recipe for low-gluten hosts made by the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri, after hearing from churchgoers unable to take communion due to wheat sensitivities.

Sales have increased ever since the nuns began selling their niche wafers almost 11 years ago. They will sell about $150,000 worth of the breads this year, a five-fold increase from the $30,000 in low-gluten sales in 2007, she said.

U.S. churches catching on to communion breads free of gluten

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25-12-2014, 07:36 AM
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Why don't they pray for their disease to go away?
Does jeebus not care?
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25-12-2014, 07:37 AM
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(25-12-2014 07:13 AM)TheInquisition Wrote:  I guess the whole transubstantiation thing isn't realy working out. Laughat

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25-12-2014, 07:40 AM
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I'm imagining communion with rice cakes and acai berry juice. It probably cures cancer the second you take a sip from it.

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25-12-2014, 07:50 AM
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(25-12-2014 07:13 AM)TheInquisition Wrote:  I guess the whole transubstantiation thing isn't realy working out. Laughat

I'm guessing that if your average churchgoer got flesh and blood rather than crackers and wine they'd freak the hell out.

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25-12-2014, 09:54 AM
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Does that make jebus less filling?

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25-12-2014, 10:02 AM
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Sounds good, but gluten-free Jesus crackers shouldn't be the end...

Spicing up communion wafers

Minty-fresh Jesus

Chocolate Jesus

Bacon Jesus!

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26-12-2014, 09:26 AM
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I posed this question elsewhere:

While I am glad to see the church keeping up with the times, it does raise some issues. Although this may prove of no consequence to Protestant denominations which believe that communion is merely symbolic, it does put the Catholic Church, which believes in the transubstantiation of the host and the wine into the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ, in a bind. Has the body of Christ been responsible for gastric upset and diarrhea in a host of gluten-sensitive people through the ages?

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26-12-2014, 10:17 AM (This post was last modified: 26-12-2014 10:25 AM by Gordon.)
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I have no idea why people interpret the Last Supper so literally. Jesus used the bread, because that's what they were eating. He could have used any food. And the idea was that whenever you had a meal together in the community of believers, you should do so in "remembrance" of him. The idea of consuming his flesh and drinking his blood, is actually illustrated further in the Gospel of Thomas, which mainstream Christians don't use. But even in the canonical Gospels, he clearly states that he's not talking literally about cannibalism, but rather a spiritual consumption. Because we are what we eat. Your body is made from the things you've ate and drank since childhood. Spiritually speaking then, if we consume Christ, our spirits are transformed into Christ, or rather grow into Christ. And then we are one with Christ's "substance."

The way the Catholics do it is just another way in which they hide the reality of Jesus Christ so as to be in greater spiritual control of people. After all, you can't let people have Christ. If you do, you'll have a holy anarchy of Jesus's running around. Everyone caring about each other, no one taking money for anything, no one accepting leadership from anyone, everyone trying to be everyone elses's servant. Then there'd be no more government of people. No real economy, which means you couldn't have poor people, which means you couldn't be wealthy and "privileged." And you couldn't indulge in violent killing of your enemies and using the poor to do the fighting. The greatest violence would be like boxing matches between two competitors who probably are great friends outside the ring.

Shit just wouldn't work right. No...you have to keep Christ hidden away. You can't let people have the "real" Christ. Give 'em Mary; give 'em Peter and James and the other cowardly apostles. Let them pray to saints as if the saints were gods. Give them a priestly order to follow. And when they break off and try to be protestants? Just make sure they have the Old Testament with them. Make sure they have 62 books in the Bible competing with the 4 gospels.

Whatever you do, never let them have the real deal. Never let them have Christ undiluted.
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26-12-2014, 11:34 AM
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(26-12-2014 10:17 AM)Gordon Wrote:  The idea of consuming his flesh and drinking his blood, is actually illustrated further in the Gospel of Thomas, which mainstream Christians don't use. But even in the canonical Gospels, he clearly states that he's not talking literally about cannibalism, *2but rather a spiritual consumption. Because we are what we eat. Your body is made from the things you've ate(*1) and drank since childhood. Spiritually speaking then, if we consume Christ, our spirits are transformed into Christ, or rather grow into Christ. And then we are one with Christ's "substance."

*1. The past participle of eat, is "have eaten", (Mr. "Writer" hahahahahaha)
*2. Post the references. I don't recall ANY such clarification. In fact, no real, "Kosher-keeping" JEW would, in a million years have anything to do with drinking blood. It's one of the reasons we know that the gospels were just all made up bullshit.

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