The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that officials from the Church of St. Joseph in Bertha, Minn., got a restraining order to prevent Carol Race from taking her 13-year-old autistic son, Adam, to mass. The Rev. Daniel Walz says the boy “urinates” during services, but the mother says he has an incontinence problem that’s similar to what a toddler or older person might have.
When a sheriff’s deputy met Race in her driveway yesterday morning as she prepared to take Adam to the Church of St. Joseph, promising to arrest her if she took him to that church, Race instead took Adam to services at a Catholic church in another town.
Not only that, “She is scheduled to appear in court today over a citation she received last week for violating the restraining order by taking Adam to [the Church of St. Joseph] on Mother’s Day.”
Walz says in the affidavit he signed when he sought the restraining order that he “sought to try and mediate the matter with the family to ask them to voluntarily not bring Adam to church, but it has been to no avail.” How is it mediation if the only acceptable outcome is the one that the priest wants – Carol Race’s son not coming to his church?
And once again, whatever happened to compassionate Christianity?