Down syndrome boy denied communion


This video is called BBC Breakfast News – Downs Syndrome Boy Denied Holy Communion.

From Huffington Post in the USA, about England:

Denum Ellarby Refused Communion Because He Has Down Syndrome, Parents Say

Clare Ellarby says her child wasn’t allowed to take his first Holy Communion because he has Down Syndrome.

In a letter from the Diocese of Leeds, Ellarby was told that her seven-year-old Denum Ellarby lacks the “concentration” necessary to prepare for Communion, according to the BBC. The Diocese also said children can “only proceed to the sacrament of First Communion when they take part in the Church’s life and understand the Church’s faith”.

“It’s just disgusting,” Ellarby told the BBC. “I feel really let down by the Catholic faith.”

The Christian Post reports that Clare and Denum’s father Darren have started a petition in support of their son.

“They need to have more compassion,” Clare Ellarby told the Post. “What they are doing is so cruel.”

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