Why are women forbidden from receiving the Holy and Blessed gift of the Eucharist during a natural, and rather necessary, biological process?
These are the answers I have heard being given: (in my opinion, rather absurd explanations)
1 - During the menstrual cycle women are considered "unclean" according to the OT(e.x. Lev 19) No comment on this one, except read Mark 5.
2 - Because the woman is bleeding, the Blood somehow magically mixes with the uterine lining (which has been collecting the whole month!) and gets released together. Well, what about the excretory process??? This sounds so much like when the Catholic Church refused to believe the earth was round. Why are we materializing and "sciencizing" the Holy Communion?
3 - It was a late tradition (small t) that arose to "ease the burden" of having to attend a long liturgy while cramping, being uncomfortable before modern innovations like pads and air conditioning. This is rather absurd because we are not talking about a social gathering. We are talking about the Holy Body and Blood of our Saviour, the renewal of our baptism, the life-saving Mysteries of the Church!
I would appreciate it if someone could tell me when/where this tradition started, and WHY. And why it is still practiced today?