Looking for some advice on the following problem.
My Nephews (one of them is my godson) are extremely allergic to foods. They can eat a handful of foods and must have a very expensive formula in order to get the proper nutrition for them. This would not be a problem if they weren’t allergic to olives, grapes (only my godson is) and wheat. They are incredibly allergic to these foods (i.e. they go into anaphylactic shock from consuming them). Since they cannot consume these foods, I’m not sure how they’re going to be able to receive any of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and confirmation. How does the church handle these kinds of cases?
From what I’ve read, there must be gluten present in the host (currently the lowest amount allowed is 0.01%) in order for it to be valid matter. Wine may be out of the question for the one that is not allergic to grapes because it would have to be organic wine and I’m not sure if he’s allergic to any of the additives in that.
Then there is the problem of the oils used for the sacraments of confirmation, holy orders and the anointing of the sick. Both of my nephews are allergic to olives. I’m not sure how badly they would react to topical application of the oil (they grow more allergic as they become exposed to something). I also think that some of the oils (if not all) have fragrances in them which they will most likely be allergic to. I’m not as certain about what is required as far as the matter is concerned for these sacraments. Can anyone clarify this?
Also, can the priest use a very minimal amount and still have the sacrament be valid?
I appreciate your time in reading and responding to our dilemma.
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