Autistic Child Banned From Church! =(

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On a farm in central Minnesota, you’ll find a family devoted to each other and to God, but because one of the children has autism — the family has been told they cannot go to mass. Carol Race’s 13-year-old son, Adam, has autism. In his case, the disorder sometimes causes loud outbursts and violent behavior. Church leaders in Bertha, Minn. say it’s so bad that they had to get a restraining order to ban the Race’s from mass.

Race said she cares for Adam night and day, and she takes him to church every Sunday. However, last Sunday at Saint Joseph Church was different. She got a ticket for going to mass on Mother’s Day. “It’s a citation. They want me to appear in court on Monday morning,” she said, as she showed the ticket.

“That’s what really shocks me — that this would come at this time,” she remarks, because she says her son has been making progress in mass, by standing up, kneeling, and holding hands with his family. However, the parish priest recalls, quote, “repeated disruptions in church,” he says, the last three years, so he took out a restraining order to keep Adam and his family out. “Nobody should be subjected to this behavior, but guess what this is reality. Autism is a reality,” Race said.

Author: Melissa

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  1. Boo hoo hoo. Her precious little snowflake is a 225-pound monster with the mental capacity of a five-year-old.

    No doubt some people will wring their hands about the ‘suffer the little children’ verse and attack the priest for wanting order and quiet in his church. To them I say SCREW YOU. It’s a *church*, not a freaking *mental hospital*. The churchgoers have a right to a reasonably undisturbed service; they didn’t come to listen to your brain-damaged brat babble nonsense and wet his pants.

    Mildly retarded kids can be brought (there’s one in mine)…IF they can be made to behave themselves. But an incontinent, temperamental ‘child’ that has nearly hurt old people and kids should be put in a nursery or a cry room. There is some behavior that is not allowed in the church, and this is a prime example.

  2. This story made me sick, the remark of the idiot above made me even sicker. Brain-damaged brat? Reminds me of the pot calling the kettle black, proving how many stupid people there are in the world. That child has every right to be there. The chruch, including the higher ups in Rome and the priest should be ashamed of themselves.

  3. Seriously? Banning an autistic kid from church is wrong on so many levels; God created the kid, so he should be allowed to attend church, if God didn’t want autistic kids in his church he shouldn’t have made them; said church fails for banning one of their own.

  4. This church ought to be removed from the diocese all together. This is not Christ-like behavior, and the Priest should be de-clothed. Just another example of how many in the Catholic Church take their own authority higher than the Bible. Jesus would have made this little guy FIRST, not ban him and his family from coming to church. That’s just ridiculous. Well, the Lord will take care of them. Ever read the verse following “let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them?” It says that if anyone hurts a child it is better for them to have a millstone hung around their neck and thrown into the depths of the sea than to come before His Throne.

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