@F M Shyanguya
As is also my custom, my angle remains solidly Catholic and
supported by Canon Law. ;-)
Passover Matzos must be made of only flour and water. The flour must be (from wiki) "ground from one of the five grains specified in Jewish law for Passover matzo: wheat, barley, spelt, rye or oat."
Thus a wheat passover matzoh (as opposed to, say, a barley one) would
qualify according to Canon Law 924.2
which states:"The bread must be only wheat and recently made so that there is no danger of spoiling."
Canon Law doesn't delineate the period of time that qualifies as "recently made". Near as I can tell, the phrase "recently made" appears only in that one section.
Now someone with a bunch of badly rustled jimmies might argue that ten year old unleavened bread doesn't count as recently made. "Neener-neener, that'll teach ya to disprove my girlfriend's "Thesis"
so bad I had to delete yer comment." :P
I already anticipated that line of argument even before making my first
matzo-related comment here. ;-)
I'll explain and thus, charitably (from me
, no less) save that unhappy author considerable embarrassment on a post where he can't control the narrative according to his preference for falsehood.
Jesus tells us in John 5:22 "For neither doth the Father judge any man, but hath given all judgment to the Son."
Thus Jesus Himself is the ultimate arbiter and best judge when it comes to matters concerning His Church, including the notion of time.
In Revelation 22:7
, Jesus also says, "And, Behold I come quickly. Blessed is he that keepeth the words of the prophecy of this book."
Applying scale of reference Jesus has
for "I come quickly"
to His Church's law requiring "recently made" does
widen the interim up a wee bit. ;-)
Canon Law gives the proviso, "so that there is no danger of spoiling"
as the final criterion. A wafer that was spoiled (due to bad ingredients, manufacturing, or improper packing) would still
violate Canon Law, even if it was
. in fact, "recently made". So ultimately, once the ingredients have been established, freshness must be the deciding factor for the celebrating priest and ascertained beforehand.
In this instance, the moment the sealed inner bag was cut open, the sweet aroma of freshly baked matzo wafted out, a mere ten years later.
Granted, I'm not seriously suggesting a priest should
celebrate the Mass using my old matzos. For one thing, matzos are notorious for sending crumbs everywhere
. Some of us DO take the matter of sacred particles a bit more seriously than those handing out Communion like snack-time cookies at a day-care. :P
However, a priest could
celebrate the Mass using my old matzos and still be entirely within the laws of the Church. God forbid it should ever come to that but given the state of things today, it isn't entirely beond possibility.
The times we live in, eh?