Is the Catholic Church ableist?

Does Catholic theology discriminate against people with disabilities? Take our survey.
Peace & Justice

Catholic parishes around the United States proudly champion the ethos of “All Are Welcome,” echoing the sentiments of Marty Haugen’s celebrated song. In striving to literally embody this principle, parishes often facilitate accessibility for people with disabilities, implementing accommodations such as ADA-compliant doors and parking spaces. However, the church’s broader teachings, theology, and liturgy don’t always accommodate everyone.

Does the church do a good job welcoming people with disabilities?

Have you heard Catholics use disability and illness as a metaphor for sin?

Is the Catholic Church ableist? U.S. Catholic wants to know.


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