A Dutch priest has quit the church because he’s allergic to the wafers used during Holy Communion.
Father Stefan van Dierendonck of Nijmegen said he was always feeling sick during services and tests revealed he was allergic to gluten.
But when the Catholic Church said it didn’t allow gluten-free wafers, the priest threw in the towel because, “I didn’t want to choose between faith and health.”
There might be something else going on here. The Church does allow use in some occasions of low-gluten wafers. Since Christ is present fully in the Eucharist in every particle of the host then it seems to me that a smaller piece could be consumed to avoid problems from gluten allergies, but I don’t know what the regulations might exist pertaining to the priest in particular. But the statement at the end about choosing between faith and health, the cynic in means thinks losing this priest might not be too much of a loss.