Non-Verbal Autistic Child Denied Communion: Some Lessons

I wrote about a tough situation where miscommunication lead to a child being denied first Communion.

St. Aloysius in Jackson, NJ where the incident happened (Google Maps)
St. Aloysius in Jackson, NJ where the incident happened (Google Maps)

Earlier this week a non-verbal autistic child was denied registration for First Communion at a parish in New Jersey. Now the story has exploded in the media. I saw the post early & decided to post a general prayer petition on my page, while messaging the family offering to be a kind of mediator. At that point, the post only had a few hundred shares compared to 10,000+ now, and I hoped we could work through a solution. Now that opportunity is lost and media attention has made the Church look bad.

I want to go over the situation briefly then draw two sets of lessons. The first lesson relates to the actual norms. The second lesson how this case gives both the Church and the media pause regarding our relationship.

Keep reading on Patheos, including an update.

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