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South Carolina Churches Offer Gluten-Free Communion

A few churches want to make sure you stick to your religious AND nutritional values.

September 19, 2018 - 3:12 pm

Nothing like Communion wafers ruining your gluten-free lifestyle.

A few churches in Charleston, South Carolina want to make sure you stick to your religious and nutritional values by offering gluten-free Communion bread.

It's an issue that's been discussed worldwide - even in letters to the Pope. Some churches have emphasized the importance of gluten in bread. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ guidelines states that bread should contain some gluten for it to be valid for the Eucharist.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston said the diocese has no policy regarding gluten-free hosts, the Post and Courier reports.

Those with Celiac disease can have major stomach issues if they eat foods with gluten.

The Rev. Adam J. Shoemaker says serving gluten-free bread is a way to serve all people.