Hello everyone! I am a first time user with a serious question that has been bugging me. I was reading on the Catholic News Agency about a boy who committed sacrilege against the Eucharist (Link Found Here: catholicnewsagency.com/news/community-to-celebrate-act-of-reparation-for-sacrilege-against-eucharist/). I know that if one were to commit sacrilege against the Eucharist he or she is automatically excommunicated. I was wondering if this excommunication would still apply to young people who have not reached the age of reason yet. I have also seen and heard about several children in my own parish who have not treated the Eucharist with complete reverence. I was also told that priests, at least in the U.S., can forgive excommunications in the Sacrament of Penance. If so, would the possible automatic excommunication of a minor be lifted in the Sacrament of Penance?
Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!