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a balanced perspective on the Phoenix autism controversy

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Mar 07, 2006

In his excellent blog devoted to matters of canon law, Ed Peters offers some useful thoughts on the unhappy situation in Phoenix, where Bishop Olmstead has found it necessary to rule that an autistic boy cannot receive Communion unless or until some way is found to overcome his physical inability to tolerate the Host.

The situation is an unfortunate one-- no one will dispute that-- and it has provided some opportunities for gratuitous Catholic-bashing. But given the constraints of the situation, are there any other options?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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