The Kerala High Court dismissed the petition based on hygiene concerns of the sacramental bread and wine distribution in the Churches, Matrubhoomi reported.
According to media reports, The Qualified Private Medical Practitioners Association, an association of medical professionals, petitioned the court saying the practice of sacramental bread and wine distribution in the Churches was “unhealthy and posed a serious health hazard to the general public, especially the communicants.”
The High Court dismissed the petition observing that if at all any changes are to be made in practice, it is to be done by the Church authorities themselves and the court cannot interfere under the writ jurisdiction. The Holy Sacrament by Christians is a matter of faith and belief, and the court will not interfere.
The petitioner raised several unhealthy issues. The petitioner argued that the practice of administering Holy Sacrament commemorating the last supper of Jesus Christ posed severe health hazards. The priests serve wine from a single chalice using the same spoon into the mouth of every communicant. Pieces of bread are also served into the mouth of every communicant by the Church priest with his hand. There is no cleaning of spoon or hand while serving to each communicant which gives rise to a very high possibility of saliva contamination leading to the spreading of diseases. Some can even spread through saliva droplets in the air. It has to be avoided by resorting to hygienic practices.