Having returned to the Catholic Church, I want to share my passion about God and all I didn't know that I didn't know about the Catholic Faith the first time around. This is a Catholic centered blog about the faith, music, movies, books (especially fantasy), writing, and Catholic homeschooling in California.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Sacramental Wine During Prohibition
Did you ever wonder where priests got wine for Mass during prohibition?
Mission San Antonio in California
Prohibition in the United States was in place from 1920
to 1933. Basically, prohibition made the manufacture, sale, import
or export of intoxicating liquors illegal.Wikipedia has a page that
gives more details.
Dumping illegal booze during prohibition
What did the Catholic Church do about Communion wine
during prohibition? What happened to the wineries that had been flourishing in
California? Both of these stories are intertwined.
Sadly, during prohibition, many wineries went out of
business. However, the lucky ones who got contracts with the Catholic Church to make
sacramental wines survived or even flourished. You see, alcoholic beverages for
medicinal and sacramental use were exempt from the ban.