August 23, 2004

Church denies communion to 8 year old girl

Communion Mom Looks To Vatican (CBS)

Girl with digestive disease denied Communion (NBC)

An eight year old child's communion is being invalidated because the communion wafer didn't contain wheat. How ironic to read about the church invalidating a child's communion when yesterday's gospel talked about Jesus healing on the Sabbath. Well, I confess that I gave up on the Catholic church hierarchy years ago and this is yet another sad example of why I'd never go back. I joined the Lutheran church and a liberal congregation (Reconciled in Christ, among other things) so perhaps yesterday's gospel in my church wasn't read in Catholic churches yesterday, but I remember hearing it as a kid - Jesus reminds his critics that the law serves us, not the other way around. And I am well aware of many Catholics - priests and nuns included, however many there are left of them - who would agree. It's unfortunate that the networks have to pick up this kind of bad news about the church, but maybe their stories can serve as a catalyst for change.

Let's all pray for the Vatican to make a WWJD decision.

Allergies really throw people. I'm allergic to peanuts and food processed in plants that process peanuts. I'm also allergic to onions and strawberries.

Many restaurants put either nuts or onions in about 80-90% of the menu choices. Some colleagues have accused me of everything from bad attitudes to racism for being cautious about trying new foods and restaurants. I can live peacefully on things like turkey on white bread. Why is that a crime? I guess that the church would approve though - since I'm not allergic to wheat.

Posted by s-gang at 9:29 AM

July 28, 2004


If you missed the DNC last night you missed a mighty powerful evening. I don't know when I've heard that many great political speeches in one block.

Official Kerry/Edwards Blog

Democratic National Convention
Teresa Heinz Kerry
State Senator Barack Obama
Obama blog
New Yorker article on Obama

Posted by s-gang at 10:20 AM