REFUSED AUTISTIC CATHOLIC

I was raised Catholic and received First Communion. However, apparently, a New Jersey Church has other ideas. An 8-year-old nonverbal Autistic boy was denied communion and reconciliation (i.e. confession) simply because of his diagnosis. How un-Catholic is New Jersey?! I know Jersey is often seen as a shitty state, by MY GOD! How Hell-bent are the Churches in Jersey? The kicker? The state of New Jersey has the highest Autistic population in the United States! And no, that is not a made-up statistic. So why is this Church denying this eight-year-old kid?! It makes me wonder, when this kid is in his golden years—hopefully that won’t be for a long time—will the Church in question give him Last Rites? I do not think God gives a rat’s ass whether this kid is nonverbal Autistic…unless God is biased against people with Autism. If that’s the case…I’m screwed! But I was raised going to Catholic school being taught that we are all made in God’s image. If that’s the case, maybe God himself has Autism. Maybe He is even nonverbal. Hey…crucify me in the comments if you want. These are merely my observations and opinions. But this, to me, is an insult to not only me as an individual on the Spectrum, but as a Catholic as well. I was Confirmed, received First Communion, and was able to go to Confession. I do not go to Church that much anymore, but you know what? As long as I accept there is a God, I do not think He will care if I do not set aside one hour on Sunday to hear the same thing in a preachy voice. So what do you think of this subject? I attached a link to the article so you can read it yourselves and form your own opinions. Thanks for reading!
-Tom

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Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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