Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Catholics And Seven Year Olds

In an article with Catholic News Service, Cardinal Canizares stated that children need to be prepared for receiving their first communion before the age of seven.
Children today are maturing so quickly and are exposed to so many different influences that it might be time to consider allowing them to prepare for and receive their first Communion even before their 7th birthdays, said the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

"A child's first Communion is like the beginning of a journey with Jesus, in communion with him: the beginning of a friendship destined to last and to grow for his entire life," wrote Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera.
I think seven is too young for a child to do anything other than play and go to school. However, following the path of religion, you have to “get ‘em while their young.” If you take these children and begin the brainwashing process early enough, you can guarantee that they will have life-long guilt problems and be fully indoctrinated into the church, forever guilty of being born human.
St. Pius said delaying the reception of Communion until long after the child reaches "the age of reason," generally accepted to be about 7 years of age, was the result of the erroneous belief that "the most holy Eucharist is a reward rather than a remedy for human frailty."
The age of reason is seven? I have a daughter who is nine and I still wouldn’t consider her at the age of reason. For that matter, I am not sure that I am at the age of reason. The idea that a child can understand what is going on when it comes to religion is laughable.

No word on if the age of rape is still six.

1 comment:

  1. I was a Catholic for a good chunk of my Christianity (before becoming an obvious Atheist of course) and the "age of reason" thing never really made any sense whatsoever.

    Then again neither did anything -else- in religion, so perhaps we shouldn't be all that confused coming from a religion who's God creates imperfect beings and then blames their imperfection on them.