If we believe that Holy Communion is harmful to a certain subset of individuals, then what do we believe?
If expressing a view that Holy Communion is harmless equates to arrogance and "holier than though," then what do we believe?
Bread and wine are products of a fallen world and that the mystery of consecrating them as the Body and the Blood of Jesus Christ is supposed to remove their "taint" even if they continue to look like bread and wine.
What do we believe? Obviously, we don't believe that people with celiac disease are excluded from the chalice; people have to tell the Priest they (and/or their loved ones) have celiac disease. An ignorant Priest may not bother preparing a gluten free chalice or request gluten free prosphora (or for our Catholic friends, gluten free wafers). That Priest would be considered arrogant and holier than though. If a Priest prepares a gluten free chalice for one (or 1,000) person(s), then he deserves my commendation.
I will continue to believe that Holy Communion is harmless; however, I'll acknowledge that in this fallen world some people are affected by bread and wine. When I made those comments in '08, they were not intended to be abrasive and heartless although I apologize if they were interpreted that way.