“Low-gluten hosts are valid matter,” the letter continues. Those unable to consume bread or wine containing gluten are directed to drink a pressed fruit juice known as “mustum”.
I’m going to take a step outside formal journalism and ask who comes up with things like this? It’s two-thousand years ritual based on symbols. The bread is a symbol, the wine is a symbol, everything is a symbol. Needless to say, the Bible doesn’t really discuss anything about gluten, but the Vatican’s theorists have that figured out and came up with this gem.
Besides, having alternatives for wine and not for bread seems highly unlogical. If you happen to be gluten intolerant, no Eucharist for you — and again, this is one of the most important rituals in some Christian communities. How does the Bible theory deal with this? Of course, it doesn’t. The Bible is a two-thousand-year-old book that doesn’t offer much in the way of clarity, and at points, in the way of sanity.
For instance, St Paul’s advice in 1 Timothy 2:12 is quite interesting: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, she must be silent” the saint says. The Psalm 137 also presents an interesting view of revenge: “Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us / He who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.” That seems a bit rough, eh? “Do not allow a sorceress to live” doesn’t even seem that bad after it. The bottom line is, being religious and following the Bible is fine as long as you understand you just can’t take it literally and as long as you don’t make up stuff around it. You know, kind of like how abortion isn’t ever mentioned in the Bible, but Christians adopted a religious position around it.
Of course, most of the Bible “crazies” come from the Old Testament, but in the New Testament, Jesus himself expresses support for the old Prophets. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them,” he says.
The problem is, there are lots of massively outdated things in the Bible. You get references to slavery, killing people who commit adultery, and plenty of cruelty to go around. Some parts of the Bible definitely haven’t aged well, but then again, after 2,000 years, what hasn’t?