French Religious Community Welcomes Girls with Down Syndrome

I came across this article and it blew me away. I can't think of a better proof for why the targeted abortion of Down syndrome babies is heinous and should be outlawed.

LE BLANC, France, March 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb are a contemplative religious community in France that enables girls with Down syndrome to respond to a religious vocation.

The tiny community, founded in 1985 and based in Le Blanc, in the diocese of Bourges, is made up of seven sisters, five of whom have Down syndrome.

In a world where up to 90 percent of Down syndrome children are aborted, the Prioress of the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb says the order exists, "To allow those who have the ‘last place’ in the world, to hold in the Church the exceptional place of spouses of Jesus Christ. To allow those who depend on others for their everyday life to take in charge, in their prayer, the intentions that are entrusted to them. To allow those whose life is held in contempt to the extent of being in danger from a culture of death, to witness by their consecration to the Gospel of Life."

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Huh? This is puzzling. I had to leave the convent for anxiety. How on Earth does it work out with canon law? Could these women be said to have the needed maturity/ pyschological health, etc? Not to say that these women with Down's Syndrome are not beautiful women. This just seems strange. Would they be able to understand the vows?

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Huh? This is puzzling. I had to leave the convent for anxiety. How on Earth does it work out with canon law? Could these women be said to have the needed maturity/ pyschological health, etc? Not to say that these women with Down's Syndrome are not beautiful women. This just seems strange. Would they be able to understand the vows?

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I would assume the vows/charism are in keeping with the abilities of these women. It mentioned adapting prayers like the rosary to their abilities. I would think the vocations are being evaluated so it is truly a group of sisters and more than just a 'caretaking' society. I imagine the prayers of these perpetual children are immensely pleasing to the Lord in their innocence.

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