Celiac Disease & The Eucharist
*** SPECIAL NOTE:
Official Vatican docments on this site are quoted verbatim
without alteration. All information provided on this site is
for background purposes only. Always discuss your
particular circumstanaces with your parish priest. He will
provide guidance on what is permissiable and what is not
and what accomodations can be made to meet your needs
with respect to the reception of Holy Communion.
If you are concerned about the gluten content in the low-
gluten breads, it is also advisable that you check with your
health care professional to receive medical advice.
The Holy See has made special provisions for those suffering from celiac disease.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has established "Norms for the Use of Low-Gluten Altar Breads"
with the proviso that the breads must contain at least trace amounts of gluten (so as to conform to the
requirements of Canon Law) and may not contain any non-wheat products.
The “Norms” also make a distinction between gluten-free and low-gluten breads.
According to the “Norms” established by the Holy See, “hosts (that are) quibus glutinum ablatum est (gluten-
free) are invalid matter (and may not be used) for the celebration of the Eucharist”.
“Low-gluten hosts are valid matter, provided that they contain the amount of gluten sufficient to obtain the
confection of bread, that there is no addition of foreign materials and that the procedure for making such hosts
is not such as to alter the nature of the substance of the bread.”
Our low-gluten breads conform to these requirements and have ecclesiastical approval of the US Conference of
Additional documents of interest are available from the menu to the left.
Additional Note : Not withstanding the original directives of the Vatican with respect to the need
for a medical certificate, local dioceses often dispense with this requirement and for practical
reasons. Their authority to do so rests in Canon Law 137.
Canon 137 §1 Ordinary executive power can be delegated either for an individual case or for all
cases, unless the law expressly provides otherwise.
§2 Executive power delegated by the Apostolic See can be subdelegated, either for an individual
case or for all cases, unless the delegation was deliberately given to the individual alone, or
unless subdelegation was expressly prohibited.
§3 Executive power delegated by another authority having ordinary power, if delegated for all
cases, can be subdelegated only for individual cases; if delegated for a determinate act or acts, it
cannot be subdelegated, except by the express grant of the person delegating.
§4 No subdelegated power can again be subdelegated, unless this was expressly granted by the
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