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Bishops in Italy Approve a German-made Low Gluten Eucharistic Host

Celiac.com 08/02/2002 - The Bishops National Liturgy Office in Italy recently approved a low-gluten Eucharistic host made by a specific German firm for use by worshippers who have celiac disease. The hosts have been approved by the scientific committee of the Italian Celiac Association and are made using Codex Alimentarius quality wheat starch that contains 0.0374 milligrams of gluten. Additionally, the Vaticans Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has also approved the hosts for use in the Eucharist. According to the Catholic Church the bread used in the Eucharist must be made exclusively from wheat, and the German-made hosts are currently the only ones produced that meet all of the Catholic Churchs requirements.

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This decision creates controversy, however, between worshippers with celiac disease in Europe and the United States, mainly due to the differing opinion with regard to whether those with celiac disease need to be on a 100% gluten-free diet. Since support groups and some segments of the American scientific community advocate a 100% gluten-free diet, the Catholic Church recommends that worshippers with celiac disease in the United States only receive communion if the form of consecrated wine.

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Sr. Sophia Becker, OSB
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29 Sep 2009 11:46:50 AM PST
I take exception to your article "Bishops in Italy Approve a German-made Low Gluten Eucharitsic Host." It does not tell the whole truth. The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, MO, USA have been in the business of producing and distributing low gluten altar breads for over five years now. They are made from all wheaten starch, have the backing of the USCCB and Vatican and have made it possible for many people around the world to receive Holy Communion under bread and wine (if not contaminated.) We have been in the altar bread business for 100 years and are thrilled with the work of the Holy Spirit through our research and development of these new hosts.
Hopefully more thorough research can be done in the future before other "facts" are stated in your articles. May God be glorified in all things.

Peace,
Sr. Sophia Becker, OSB

 
Mary
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07 Aug 2017 6:25:37 AM PST
The Benedictine Sisters were way ahead of other clergy to see the need of children who want the inclusion of being able to receive Communion as part their Catholic Community. They saw the need of severely ill children, struggling with autoimmune disease, being left out of the Communion Community and responded with LOVE and INCLUSION. The Benedictine Sisters are Role Models and Heros for the Catholic Church. God bless you Benedictine Sisters. You gave FAITH and INCLUSION back to my daughter and our extended family.




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