- Mar 1, 2021
Medical orders against attempting to resuscitate patients with learning disabilities during the latest COVID-19 lockdown in the UK are “wholly unacceptable and immoral,” said the bishops of England and Wales.
Brian Brock is Professor of Moral and Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen. He is also a husband and father of three children, including Adam, who is 16, who has Down Syndrome and autism.
Urging Catholics to “never forget nor neglect to welcome” all of God’s people, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Washington highlighted the inclusivity of Jesus during a special White Mass for people with disabilities.
Social distancing and lockdown protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic are challenging enough for most people. But for someone who is vision impaired, there are added complications and twists.
In a set of updated guidelines for catechesis released Thursday, the Vatican weighed in on what has long been a debate among theologians, insisting that the Church’s sacraments are a gift, and as such, they cannot be denied to disabled people.
If there is anything to be learned from the coronavirus pandemic, it is that “God is in control,” said the executive director of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability.