I live in Ireland where the Church patronises over 90% of Primary School places and these schools prepare children for First Communion. Perhaps other countries have similar arrangements. perhaps not.
So we have a situation where children are presenting for first confession/communion through schools irrespective of whether their family is even remotely actively engaged with the local parish.
I attended a first communion ceremony recently in which the priest presiding had to ask people to respect the sacredness of the moment the kids received by desisting from taking pictures with the ever present cameras. Quite clearly he had never met the majority of the parents before. Success? You must be joking. It took about 20 seconds before the itch in the camera finger took over.
My question. Is allowing this use of the ceremony as a mere rite of passage available to all irrespective of whether or not the family practice even irregularly not an abuse that needs to be stopped?