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Letters to AO

EVERY WEEK WE PUBLISH a selection of letters we receive in response to something you've read at Anglicans Online. Stop by and have a look at what other AO readers are thinking.

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Letters from the week of 7 – 13 October 2019

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Some people really need gluten-free wafers

Your picture of gluten free wafers... This is a really important issue for those with Coeliac Disease. Not at all "bike shedding" nor trivial. Sometimes with the handling of these, we have to figure out the correct disposal them because if they are contaminated at all with wheat, they cannot be eaten without several days of severe illness. Tragic we think. The practice of intinction (dipping a wafer/bread into the wine) means that great risk is also taken to have that element of communion as well. Thus my point: caution please when thinking something may be trivial. It may be very important. Thank-you.

James William
Itinerantly travelling just now, no fixed abode
17 October 2019

Editor: You are right. We should have been more careful with our words. We were thinking about the endless arguing over bread-vs-wafers or over bread recipes. People who cannot tolerate gluten cannot receive the Body of Christ unless it is made without gluten.

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