[quote="Julia_Mae, post:5, topic:310735"]
If she has a germ phobia, she's never going to receive the Precious Blood. But she doesn't have to, it's optional. I'm not sure how she'd feel about someone handing her something with their bare hand she is to put into her mouth, either, but phobias aren't logical so possibly that would be okay.
If she has a fire phobia, she's not going to be in a church where there are candles. Some phobias, especially those acquired in very early childhood are essentially incurable because they get fixed in the brain during development.
But God can fix that. Pray for her. More, fast or do some other form of penance for her. If you are dealing with true phobia, encouraging her to get over it will only have the effect of making her more afraid and resistant. If God Wills it, she can be cured.
In some places, like New Jersey, I believe, fire codes prevent having any open flames in certain churches and they use electric candles.
I disagree with what you said about certain phobias' being incurable. Specific phobias, such as those the OP refers to, are among the most curable of all psychological disorders by means of some form of either behavioral or cognitive therapy. There is no reason for anyone today to suffer from this particular disorder. Social phobias are more difficult to recover from and agoraphobia is the most challenging kind of phobia to treat. What cognitive-behavioral therapies do not do, however, is provide the individual with the root cause of their phobia, but they are very successful in treating the symptoms.