By Minyvonne Burke
A New Jersey couple said their 8-year-old son is being denied the chance to receive First Communion by their church because he is autistic.
Jimmy LaCugna said in a Facebook post that he and his wife were informed Tuesday by the Rev. John Bambrick at Saint Aloysius Church that their son Anthony won’t be able to participate in the religious ceremony because he feels the boy is “unable to determine right from wrong due to his disability.”
LaCugna said they were told that Anthony, who is nonverbal, is not at the “benchmark required to make his communion.”
“This is very hard and upsetting to comprehend when we all are created by God and now our son is being shunned from the Catholic faith due to his inability to communicate,” LaCugna wrote, adding that his son “wouldn’t even be able to create a sin because he is one of the sweetest and innocent little boy someone would ever meet.”
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