From what I can see the parents were told that the child could have 3 options.
The Diocese of Trenton has told Waldman’s mother that the girl can receive a low-gluten host, drink wine at communion or abstain entirely, but that any host without gluten does not qualify as Holy Communion.
- Low Gluten Host
- Receive the Precious Blood
- Abstain entirely
Pelly-Waldman rejected the offer, saying even a small amount of gluten could harm her child.
I can understand number 1 not being an option if it is a matter of life and death.No one wishes that.
Number 2 did not receive the parents approval.
This I cannot understand. It shows the misunderstanding that is out there that to receive Communion you have to have a Host. The theology of the Precious Blood and the fact that full communion is achieved by partaking of either of the sacred species needs to be explained fully if they do not understand.
If they do understand and still refuse the Precious Blood well I would view this as a serious misjudgement. They seem to be going against the options for the sake of going for what they consider is the childs right to have a Host. The child is different she knows she is different. The parents should help her to embrace this diffrence by allowing her receive the Presious Blood. Can anyone tell me why the Precious Blood is unacceptable? Are caeliacs affected by this also?:rolleyes: I do not like to see refusal of advice simply because you think you have a right.
The child’s mother is reported to have said:
"I struggled with telling her that the sacrament did not happen," said Pelly-Waldman. "She lives in a world of rules. She says `Mommy, do we want to break a rule? Are we breaking a rule?’"
Now, the mother is seeking papal intervention. She has written to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, challenging the church’s policy.
"This is a church rule, not God’s will, and it can easily be adjusted to meet the needs of the people, while staying true to the traditions of our faith," Pelly-Waldman said in the letter.
For her part, Pelly-Waldman - who attends Mass every Sunday with her four children - said she is not out to bash the church, just to change the policy that affects her daughter.