|Denum Ellarby and his mother Clare Ellarby|
The Daily Mail reports that: "The church has denied banning Denum and says it hopes he will be ready to participate in the important religious ceremony in the future." The Catholic Church has done a lot for Down's Syndrome awareness. If some local officials did make a mistake here (and just from these stories it appears they did), the smart move would be to acknowledge their mistake, correct it, and get in front of this story. The Catholic Church does so much good with Down's Syndrome, so one priest's mistake should not become a big deal. This is an opportunity to get the bigger and more important message out.
Update: To be fair to the priest, this boy may not be ready at this time for this sacrament. But if that is the case, then school and church officials should have been very upfront with the family from the start and given some expectations of what would be expected from this boy. There are also conflicting statements of church officials claiming the boy and his family were not participants in the church; yet the boy attends a Catholic parochial school and his parents claim they have been life long members of the parish.