The Catholic Church accepts everyone — that is, everyone that isn't disabled.
At least that's how Clare Ellarby feels! The British mom claims her 7-year-old son wasn't allowed to take his first Holy Communion because he has Down Syndrome.
The Diocese of Leeds wrote Clare a letter explaining that her son, Denum Ellarby, lacks the "concentration" to take part. The letter explained that members of the church can:
"only proceed to the sacrament of First Communion when they take part in the Church's life and understand the Church's faith".
Obvi, Clare is hurt and outraged by her church. She says:
"I feel really let down by the Catholic faith. They need to have more compassion. What they are doing is so cruel."
Since she spoke out the church has released a statement trying to turn it around on the Ellarbys. They claim they didn't reject Denum because he has Down Syndrome, they rejected him because his parents are bad Catholics. Citing that,
"Denum's family has not participated in the regular life of the Church or in the preparation preceding First Communion. We hope that this will change as Denum grows and we are working with him and his family to help him achieve this."
We sincerely hope this really is an isolated incident.
Otherwise, Glee is sure to use this as inspiration for an episode!!
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