Church denied 8-year-old boy First Communion..

..because he's autistic, New Jersey family says

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Church denied 8-year-old boy First Communion..

#1  Postby DoctorE » Feb 28, 2020 12:53 pm

Jimmy LaCugna said in a Facebook post that he and his wife were informed Tuesday by the Rev. John Bambrick at Saint Aloysius Church that their son Anthony won't be able to participate in the religious ceremony because he feels the boy is "unable to determine right from wrong due to his disability."

LaCugna said they were told that Anthony, who is nonverbal, is not at the "benchmark required to make his communion."

"This is very hard and upsetting to comprehend when we all are created by God and now our son is being shunned from the Catholic faith due to his inability to communicate," LaCugna wrote, adding that his son "wouldn't even be able to create a sin because he is one of the sweetest and innocent little boy someone would ever meet."

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Re: Church denied 8-year-old boy First Communion..

#2  Postby monkeyboy » Feb 28, 2020 4:55 pm

From the same source...
Anthony's mother, Nicole LaCugna, told News 12 New Jersey that because he cannot speak it has been a struggle for him but that he should not be denied communion.

"Nowhere in the Bible does it ever show discrimination against anybody," she said

Not sure she has read the book properly....there's some pretty obvious discrimination in there. Perhaps she meant that since it was scribed by people ignorant of such conditions as autism, there were no considerations made regarding people on the ASD spectrum. But as for discrimination in general....oh it's there alright.
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#3  Postby Spearthrower » Feb 28, 2020 5:19 pm

The subtext from the "reverend" John Bambrick's statement is that Jimmy is not fully human. What a nice little cult.
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#4  Postby Ironclad » Feb 29, 2020 8:11 am

8 year olds are largely expected to understand right from wrong? Who knew!
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#5  Postby Animavore » Feb 29, 2020 8:18 am

I was at a special needs Communion service last year. It was faster than normal and quite noisy. The priest was instructed not to linger on any children who clammed up reciting their incantations or whatever you call them.

So it's not Catholic Church policy to refuse special needs children.
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#6  Postby felltoearth » Feb 29, 2020 10:34 am

“Unable to determine right or wrong.” In a Catholic Church? That’s rich.
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#7  Postby Rachel Bronwyn » Feb 29, 2020 10:35 am

I have trouble believing this.
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#8  Postby monkeyboy » Feb 29, 2020 11:58 am

Rachel Bronwyn wrote:I have trouble believing this.

Which bit? The claims of a form of discrimination and bigotry in the church or just the discrimination and bigotry?
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#9  Postby Blackadder » Mar 02, 2020 5:16 pm

Well, the Catlick Church knows a lot about 8 year old boys. What it knows, ain't good. It'd certainly be better for the kid if he was kept well away from them.
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#10  Postby I'm With Stupid » Mar 02, 2020 6:58 pm

This is the first I've heard of a Catholic church caring whether anyone was fit to consent to being a member of their club.

Or to consent to anything really. #cheapshot
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#11  Postby monkeyboy » Mar 02, 2020 8:25 pm

Blackadder wrote:Well, the Catlick Church knows a lot about 8 year old boys. What it knows, ain't good. It'd certainly be better for the kid if he was kept well away from them.

OK, somebody went there....I thought they'd have very little problem with a child they think doesn't know right from wrong and doesn't speak....sounds like a priest's wet dream
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#12  Postby felltoearth » Mar 02, 2020 9:03 pm

Rachel Bronwyn wrote:I have trouble believing this.

I did to until I read the story. I heard some shit come out of the mouths of priests, and this is well aligned.
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#13  Postby Arcanyn » Mar 03, 2020 12:42 am

felltoearth wrote:“Unable to determine right or wrong.” In a Catholic Church? That’s rich.


Well, from their perspective, there's good odds that when he grows up he'll come to the conclusion that they're a bunch of amoral bastards, which will clearly be proof that his sense of right and wrong isn't functioning the way it's supposed to.
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#14  Postby Alan B » Mar 04, 2020 11:29 am

I see. So babes-in-arms can't even walk or talk. So according to this idiot priest 'they're not fully human'... :crazy:

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