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A Catholic priest has filed a restraining order against the parents of a severely autistic 13-year-old boy in an effort to keep him from attending the church in Bertha on Sundays.
The Rev. Daniel Walz alleges that Adam Race's unruly behavior endangers others who attend the Church of St. Joseph.
Carol Race said it all started last June, when Walz and a church trustee visited the Races at their home address the behavior of Adam, who stands taller than six feet and weighs more than 225 pounds.
In an affidavit, Walz said the church "explored and offered many options for accommodations that would assist the family while protecting the safety of parishioners. The family refused those offers of accommodation."
According to Walz, Adam struck a child during mass, nearly knocks elderly parishioners over when he hastily exits the church, spits and sometimes urinates in church and fights when he is being restrained.
He also one time assaulted a girl by pulling her onto his lap and, during Easter mass, ran to the parking lot and got into two vehicles, starting them and revving the engine, Walz alleged.
Originally posted by lombozo
I would agree with Shearder that the family should be required to sit in the 'screaming baby' room, but not banned.
Originally posted by eye open doors
I still believe that they are cutting themselves off from powerful spiritual lessons by alienating this child. Also, What sort of message are they giving the young men and women, and the small children in this congregation? How will they view people with autism?
The church pisses on my floor, is disruptive to my congregation, and knocks people over frequently. Yet I tolerate (however challenged at times) the hypocracy and general harm to society. I understand the intent is generally out of love, even though I believe they are being mislead.
This young young man is a gift, and they toss it away as they would have you toss your spirit away.
The Church and that Catholic Priest
[edit on 5/19/2008 by eye open doors]