WTF: A Catholic priest who made headlines after claiming that autistic children are “like animals” is now scheduled to offer counseling sessions to autistic children and their parents.
The News Minute reports:
Five months after Father Dominic Valanmanal stirred a controversy by comparing children on the autism spectrum to animals, the Catholic priest has scheduled ‘counselling sessions’ and a ‘prayer meet’ for autistic children and their parents in Kerala.
In June 2019, Father Dominic was uninvited by churches in Canada and Ireland after his offensive remarks on autistic children sparked outrage.
Staff at the Annakara Retreat Centre where the controversial counseling sessions and prayer meeting will be held confirmed the event:
Parents can come with or without the child a few days in advance. Father Dominic will counsel the parents over two days and a prayer meet will be held on November 19. It is a must that the concerned child attends this prayer meet even if they do not attend the counselling sessions.
Previously Father Valanmanal, a Catholic priest from the state of Kerala, delivered a fiery sermon where he claimed that autistic children were animals, while blaming autism and hyperactivity on parents who engage in pornography, masturbation, homosexuality, and adultery.
In his sermon Father Valanmanal asked:
Why does this generation have autism and hyperactivity? That is to say, mentally retarded children are in abundance?
Adultery, masturbation, homosexuality, porn, if you are addicted to these, I say to you in the name of God. . .when you get married and have children, there is a high possibility of bearing these type of children.
They lead an animal-like life. They copulate like animals. They bear children like animals. Therefore those children also, will be like animals.
The remarks from the insensitive and intellectually incompetent priest were met with righteous outrage. In particular, Father Valanmanal was prevented from leading Catholic retreats in Canada and Ireland after his despicable remarks on autistic children made headlines.
One can only wonder why the Catholic church would allow this charlatan to counsel autistic children and their families, and why the families of autistic children would seek this man out for counseling.
Bottom line: A Catholic priest who made headlines after claiming that autistic children are “like animals” caused by their parents’ addiction to porn, masturbation, homosexuality, and adultery, is now scheduled to offer counseling sessions to autistic children and their parents.