Boy with autism denied First Communion at Catholic church

Boy with autism denied First Communion at Catholic church

A New Jersey Catholic church is facing criticism after it denied an eight-year-old boy with autism his First Communion. Anthony LaCugna’s father claims Rev. Bambrick of Saint Aloysius Parish denied Anthony the sacrament, saying the boy is ’unable to determine right from wrong’. Feeling the pressure, the parish now claims ’new information’ allowing it to bypass guidelines that led to the denial.

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Ryan M 3 months

Lots of uninformed comments here. Communion is about the sacrifice of Christ washing away the stain of sin. To take in the body and blood of Christ entails a commitment to abstain from further sin in order to keep the sacrament pure. It is a ritualistic means of instilling the moral discernment necessary to move closer to God. If the kid is being denied communion on the grounds he can't distinguish right from wrong, they are saying the kid is without sin, that he is already in God's embrace. In Genesis it is laid out that the origin of sin is the knowledge of good and evil. His taking communion would imply that he has the stain of that original sin, which would be the same as judging the innocent as guilty. It would be desecrating something holy: the kid himself. They aren't saying the sacrament is too holy for the kid. They are saying the kid is too holy for the sacrament. You don't have to like Catholicism or religion in general. Indeed there is lots to criticize. But if you're going to criticize, make an effort to know what you're criticizing.

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Jdf88 Jdf88 3 months

im not religious but saying the kid dont know right from wrong? i call BS. ive gone thru school with plenty of kids who had autism. Hell i have a mild form of it. i never knew those kids to not know basic right from wrong.

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