I saw this news getting some national attention. And not good attention for the Church, as it is not a usual or an orthodox practice to deny the sacraments to a disabled person. The boy’s mother:
That is discrimination. This should not affect his religion. It is absurd.
Mrs LaCugna is partly right here. It is more than discrimination. It is pelagianism, the notion that a person can earn their way into grace. For the Christian, the notion is indeed absurd.
Mrs LaCugna also reports the ministerial deficiency of the pastor:
(H)e should have called me directly, and he has never met my son.
Pope Francis has rightly identified pelagianism as a danger in modern Catholicism. It affects believers from bishops all the way out to catechumens. Clergy should be especially self-vigilant. Heresy isn’t just about making a mistake; it has real consequences for people who follow leaders.