Friday, August 20, 2004

Why The Oldman Doesn't Take Communion,

This is one of the reasons why the oldman doesn't take communion anymore.

BRIELLE, New Jersey (AP) -- An 8-year-old girl who suffers from a rare digestive disorder and cannot eat wheat has had her first Holy Communion declared invalid because the wafer contained no wheat, violating Roman Catholic doctrine.

Now, Haley Waldman's mother is pushing the Diocese of Trenton and the Vatican to make an exception, saying the girl's condition should not exclude her from the sacrament, which commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ before his crucifixion. The mother believes a rice Communion wafer would suffice.

"It's just not a viable option. How does it corrupt the tradition of the Last Supper? It's just rice versus wheat," said Elizabeth Pelly-Waldman.

Church doctrine holds that Communion wafers, like the bread served at the Last Supper, must have at least some unleavened wheat. Church leaders are reluctant to change anything about the sacrament.

"This is not an issue to be determined at the diocesan or parish level, but has already been decided for the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world by Vatican authority," Trenton Bishop John M. Smith said in a statement last week.

Haley was diagnosed with celiac sprue disease when she was 5. The disorder occurs in people with a genetic intolerance of gluten, a food protein contained in wheat and other grains.

Well it's one of the reasons. One of the other reasons is that frankly the oldman has enough of this Opus Dei rubbish and if he ever saw the Pope would give him a good tongue lashing. Of course that would probably get me excommunicated. Except that the oldman doesn't particularly care. Frankly, the nuns they've put in charge of rites like baptism the oldman has it first hand have gotten positively shrill. Catholics in some sects are getting as fundie as the most rabid protestants.

But yes, the oldman was baptised into the Holy Roman Catholic Church as Augustine. Some of my very close friends have called me that in preference to my legal name. This is despite the fact that I truly disagree and in many senses actually dislike Augustine and his prose, but that's another story. Frankly, the man was in denial. He died just as literally the barbarians were at the gate, and his entire writing stinks of the denial prevelant in the empire about its fall.

Of course I also spent many of my formative years disagreeing with Calvanist doctrines of predestination as well. I tried to be good really, but the oldman was never one to swallow idiocy from any place much less the pulpit from a very early age.

But it's hard to explain this to someone who chirpily calls you Augustine as a sign of intimacy. So what the hell, I go with it. Sometimes perfection is the enemy of the good.

Which is one reason why the church's actions described above stink to high heaven. So what, she can't eat wheat - you're going what freaking deny her communion with the Son of God because of that?

Hmmm... let's see what did the good Lord have to say about that ...
"2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5"And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. 6But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
7"Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin!"

Ah well. This is why the oldman prefers atheism. Now if only God had never introduced himself to the oldman, then that would have been a perfect resolution to this philosophical conundrum. God? Yeah. Demanding bastard. Won't listen at all when you explain about the elegance of the concept of the demiurgic clock-maker deity that is completely impersonal and solves the problem of free will by not interefering with his creation. Turns out that God invented evil along with everything else, which does solve "the problem of evil" but only by standing up one's expectations on one's head completely and spinning it around and projectile vomiting pea soup.

It's like meeting a celebrity. You always think that you know better than the hype, but the reality is always more quenching than even cynicism can afford. Same thing with ultimate Creator types. Don't believe their press. But on the good side God actually makes sense if you meet it. Demanding like a celebrity though. The press is right about that, I'll give them.

That's the other reason why the oldman doesn't take communion. After you've met God religion is just so much less impressing. Is the oldman kidding? On the square compadres, I'm kidding on the square.


At September 22, 2004 at 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oldman - Cannon Law is clear on this point. Also clear is that you do not need the host at all for communion. Wine alone will suffice. This is a non issue.

Can. 924 §1 The most holy Sacrifice of the Eucharist must be celebrated in bread, and in wine to which a small quantity of water is to be added.

§2 The bread must be wheaten only, and recently made, so that there is no danger of corruption.

§3 The wine must be natural, made from grapes of the vine, and not corrupt.

Can. 925 Holy communion is to be given under the species of bread alone or, in accordance with the liturgical laws, under both species or, in case of necessity, even under the species of wine alone.


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