This story was discussed on "Seize the day" on The Catholic Channel on Sirius this morning. It was also on news channels such as FOXnews and CNN.
13-year-old Adam Race and his family did not go to mass at the Church of St. Joseph this morning like they usually do.
The Todd County Sheriff told Adam's mom if she did take him to St. Joseph's, she would be arrested.
St. Joseph's, a Catholic church in Bertha, Minnesota, has filed a temporary restraining order against Adam. In a statement, Father Dan Walz said he filed the petition as a last resort out of "...a growing concern for the safety of parishioners..."
Adam is severely autistic, according to his mother. He is home-schooled, and has attended St. Joseph's his whole life.
Adam is more than six feet tall and weighs more than 235 pounds. In court documents, Fr. Walz said Adam's growing size makes it harder for his parents to manage his behavior during mass.
Fr. Walz said Adam struck a child, bolts unexpectedly from church nearly knocking people down, including elderly people. He said Adam also spits and urinates during church.
Adam's mother, Carol, said those allegations are either exaggerated or false. She said Adam is not angry or violent. She said he has never spit in church, and that on rare occasions, he has been incontinent.
I did alot of thinking about this, and here's my two cents: This is obviously a tough situation for all involved. No one wants to tell someone they can't come to Mass. However, in the discussion I heard this morning, they said the parents sometimes had to sit on him to restrain him in Church. They tried the cry room, but apparently he grabbbed a little girl in there. This young man is 6 ft. and 235 lbs., so he could easily hurt a kid that was much smaller.
I think the Parish has done what they had to. In a Parish I went to in New Jersey when I lived there, there was a disabled young man who used to occassionally yell out and curse at people around him in Mass and it was very distracting to the entire congregation.
Adam also jumped in someone's car and started it up once. He could have run over people.
I think that one possible solution would be that a Priest or one of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion could stop at their house and bring Communion so they would be able to receive.