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Goodbye is one option for church rules

Gordon LillySilverthorne

I refer to your news item on page A33 of your Aug. 21 edition about the 8-year-old Catholic girl who has been denied her first Communion because of her food allergies. We have seen in your recent pages instances where the Catholic Church has threatened to deny the sacrament of communion to American politicians who fail to follow the Vatican party line. Now we read that the church is denying the sacrament to an 8-year-old girl because she is allergic to the wheat wafers. The church, of course, has every right to impose rules and requirements on all of its members and I have no sympathy with those politicians and the little girl’s family if they feel oppressed by the edicts of the church.Fortunately for them, in this country and in this century, they have a simple and rational response to the church hierarchy and its decisions. It consists of the single word: Goodbye.

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