Priest apologises for autism remarks


By : Matters India Reporter

Idukki, July 09:  Indian Catholic priest  Fr Dominic Valanmanal, who preached that an increased incidence of autism and hyperactivity in children is due to their parents’ lifestyle has apologised for his remarks.

“I have a deep affection towards autistic children. I tell their parents that I am part of their family. I am deeply saddened to hear that my words have hurt them. They are the children of  the good God and I continue to pray for them,” Fr Valanmanal says in the video.

In a previous video the priest had stirred controversy by saying that autistic children behave like animals. He also said that young men and  women who are addicted to alcohol, cigarette, beedi, narcotics, paan, adultery, masturbation, homosexuality and porn  are likely to bear these type of children when they get married  because the anointing (sanctity) is lost.

Following this Ireland and Canada cancelled their invite for Fr Valanmanal to conduct retreats in their dioceses. They stated that the priest’s statements did not reflect the pastoral care and concern that the Church has towards children and adults living with autism and their families.

Fr Dominic serves as a priest under the Syro Malabar Diocese of Kanjirappally in the south Indian state of Kerala and is also director of the Marian Retreat Centre, Idukki.

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5 thoughts on “Priest apologises for autism remarks

  1. “I have a deep affection towards autistic children. I tell their parents that I am part of their family. I am deeply saddened to hear that my words have hurt them. They are the children of the good God and I continue to pray for them,”. This is not an apology… if this was what was said in the apology. Oh.. Catholic church, please awake to the truth and simplicity of Christ who said, let your Yes be an Yes and No be a No… do not say anything more than that to further confuse people…. “It is time that Mother Mary comes with her broom and sweep the church and cleanses it”. as Don Bosco used to say…

  2. This priest must not be allowed to preach anywhere for at least 3 years. During this period he should reflect (examine) on his bad preaching, think about ways to change his preaching and then make a new beginning.

    This case also must serve as a caution to other priests. Today’s trend among priests is: As soon as they complete their priestly training, they think that they know EVERYTHING. Hence when they are at the Pulpit, they talk anything and everything (Bla, Bla and nonsense). They tend to forget that there are eminent scholars, writers and speakers among the audience. Most of the priests reveal their “ignorance” while preaching and cut a sorry figure. It is time for them to change.

  3. It’s not clear how it is an apology… If he truly feels sorry, he should serve autistic children for a few years …preach by life and service….not big talks…

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