From Mr Malcolm Coates
Sir, - So, canon law is to be changed to allow any authorised
regular communicant, including children, to distribute the holy
Synod, 30 November). I share the same disquiet as the Revd
David Perry in his letter about children and the eucharistic
ministry (Letters, 7
As a teacher of music and RE for many years, I see a parallel in
the increasing number of schools that allow children a say in the
appointment and assessment of teachers. There seems to be a culture
of permitting children to do whatever they please, whenever they
please, and that to discourage them is most unkind. More and more,
they are being seen as small adults with equal maturity and
understanding to adults.
But children do not know it all, and cannot be expected to.
Quite simply, they are children, and not at the stage to do some of
the things that adults are able to do. Administering the holy
sacrament, I believe, is one of them. Those who supported the Synod
motion are misguided in their view of children. This is one of many
examples of our country's obsession with youth.
If you really want to involve more young people in church life,
get them to join your choir. Here, indeed, is a real need
nationwide, and some of them do it rather well.
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