BRIELLE, N.J. -- An 8-year-old girl who has a rare digestive disorder and cannot consume wheat has had her first Communion declared invalid because the wafer contained none.
Now, Haley Waldman's mother is pushing the Diocese of Trenton and the Vatican to make an exception, saying the sacrament should be changed to accommodate the girl's condition.
Roman Catholic doctrine holds that communion wafers must have at least some unleavened wheat, as did the bread served at the Last Supper of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion.
In May, the girl received her her first Holy Communion from a priest who offered her a wheat-free host. But last month, the diocese told the priest that Waldman's sacrament would not be validated by the church because of the substitute wafer.
I just don't get things like this. This reminds me of the time when I was a child and my mother arranged for *me* to set up a savings account. A learning experience to understand the importance of saving (ironic knowing my mother, really).
Awhile later, when we were at the bank, the teller told us I had nothing in that savings account because the savings had been eaten up by bank charges. That was certainly a learning experience. It's a shame it felt like the time I was trick-or-treating and my goodie bag was stolen from me by a teenager boy twice my size.
Sorry little girl, God doesn't love you because you cannot digest wheat! I imagine that the rules will eventually be bent for her, but to deny it in the first place?