Journal article

Timothy: Preparing for The Holy Eucharist within the Community when Communication is Non-verbal


  • 2020
Published in:
  • International Journal of Practical Theology. - Walter de Gruyter GmbH. - 2020, vol. 24, no. 2, p. 273-284
English Persons with intellectual disabilities are still regularly refused access to
the Eucharist, as illustrated in an article in the Washington Post. Although Pope
Francis and several Bishops’ Conferences and the new Directory for Catechesis
(n°269–272) have made it clear that Catholics with disabilities have a right to participate
in the sacraments as all other members of the ecclesial community, many
church leaders still refrain from allowing persons with profound intellectual disabilities
to access the Eucharist. This article investigates the experience of a pastoral
team that prepared First Communion of a young boy with profound intellectual
disabilities. The experience raised practical theological, pedagogical and
pastoral ecclesial issues to be solved. These issues structure the article.
Faculté de théologie
Département de Théologie pratique
  • English
Religion, theology
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