I was at Mass recently and the priest was coughing up a storm as he prayed over the Eucharist. He was obviously sick, and I was very concerned about bringing home germs to my pregnant wife.
Is it permissible to abstain from receiving the Body of Christ for health reasons like this? I am a new Catholic and not always sure about what is okay and what is frowned upon at church.
(I took the wafer from him and ate it and currently am sick, as is my wife).
Thank you for your kind and helpful responses.