How I Almost Fell For the Catholic Spin Re. That Cordoba Baptism

Yesterday I spent a lot of time working on an article regarding the baptism of the same-sex couple’s baby, little Umma Blue, in the Cordoba cathedral.

My working title was:

Cordoba Archbishop Decries Media Distortion Re. Baptism of Lesbians’ Baby

I was going to tell you about how the media has misrepresented the story, making it seem as though the Church is abandoning its constant teaching and really “getting with the times.” I wrote about the archbishop’s correction of several “factual errors” which had been widely reported by the secular press. I was just about to publish my “clarification.”

Then, I got up this morning and saw this photo from the Spanish-language La Voz, showing the young “mothers” kissing in the cathedral, surrounded by cameras:

…and I had a great ‘ah-hah’ moment. There really is a problem here!

Canon law stipulates (Canon 861) that

there must be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion; if such hope is altogether lacking, the baptism is to be delayed according to the prescripts of particular law after the parents have been advised about the reason.

But based on the first photo, I have no “founded hope” that this is anything but a publicity stunt. It appears that these ladies couldn’t wait to get out of the church before celebrating their lesbian love—and that they’re using the baptism as a photo-op for their cause. It’s painfully obvious that little Umma Blue will not be raised in a home where the Christian virtue of chastity will be encouraged, and where the sixth and ninth commandments will be respected and obeyed.

In the original post which I’d drafted, I quoted Archbishop Carlos Ñáñez, archbishop of Cordoba. The archbishop cited several factual errors which have been widely reported by the secular press:

  1. First, the archbishop said, he has not personally talked to these people.
  2. Secondly, he has not authorized the administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for the two lesbian women.
  3. Third, they came to the archdiocese without ever talking with the archbishop, and they were referred to a parish where the mother and godparents had to meet the requirements for the preparation for Baptism. (Presumably, as in the United States, those preparations would include baptismal preparation classes.)

The archbishop added that he had discussed the case with Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, Prefect of the Congregation for the Discipline of the Sacraments; so the Holy See is already familiar with the unusual aspects of the case.

Perhaps His Excellency knows something which I do not know regarding the intent of the two “mothers.” From where I sit, though, it appears that the April 5 baptism was planned specifically to promote the inauspicious goal of legitimizing same-sex marriage in the Church.  

I hope my fears are proven to be unfounded.  Let us pray for little Umma Blue and for the women—that all will find true faith in Christ and His Church.  

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Deacon Greg Kandra, in his post on the baptism, cited both Canon Law and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which clearly define Church teaching regarding the requirements for baptism.  Read that article here.

  • Thomas Boynton Tucker

    The picture of the two kissing in the Cathedral, with religious statues in the background, was their ultimate goal, and they got what they wanted. It was a publicity stunt, and the poor baby is simply being used as a prop.

    • cpsho

      100years ago could this have happened in a Catholic Cathedral?
      “who am I to judge?”
      by their fruits you shall know them.

      • cpsho
        • Julie

          Read comments from the Oregon nurse. The Catholic Church is not the whore of Babylon, the pope is not the Anti Christ.
          If you knew anything of Catholicism and its teachings you would not provide such a reference. It is a profoundly confused and misguided accusation.
          The Universal Christian Church is the Latin and Orthodox Churches, but they are in schism…it is all about personality…Latin Church intellectual the Eastern mystical and uncomfortable with the West’s penchant for defining anything theological. The Universal Church is the only one based on the foundation of the Apostles.

          Christ did not hand out bible books because text is always vulnerable to misinterpretation and subsequently dissension and factions…opposite fruit of the Holy Spirit.

          This sort of claim about the Church came from Martin Luther after he did not get what he wanted. He threw out the Septuagint interpretation that the apostles and St. Paul used, and kept in use by the Church, and instead went to the Hebrew interpretation, 200 years after Christ, where the rabbis themselves were in dispute and dissension about what books of Scripture to use,

          But the extreme you are going here is only found in sects here in the USA who have no understanding of truth and history.

          • cpsho

            Is this the first time you are hearing about the coming (indeed it is already here) apostasy of the hierarchy of the Church?
            Homosexuality is represented by the mark of the Beast (666).

            You may believe or not believe. But if the present Roman Curia does not repent of its homosexuality (sitting down in sackcloth and ashes) then Rome will go down, within a generation, as Jerusalem did in 70 AD.

            Among many people that are alive now, there will be many eye-witnesses.
            NB: the point is hold on to your Catholic faith even as you see the city of Rome being destroyed for its unrepentant homosexuality and it idolatry.

          • Julie

            You know what….from your kind of sources, I have endured anti Christian bigotry from so called Christians practically my entire life. I do not believe in your form of self-righteous and unsubstantiated claims.
            You show me any protestant church or any other belief system where there are no homosexuals.
            666 can be contrived in so many names.
            The Roman Curia repent of its homosexuality???
            Again you are dealing with stereotype and unsubstantiated accusations and condemnation.
            The Church is growing.
            Pope Leo XIII knew that Satan would try to destroy the Church from within in the 20th century. He consecrated the world to the Lord in 1899, and we know it is verifiable truth that the communism infiltrated the American and Canadian seminaries in the 1930′s, by ironically, protestantizing our faith, making it lukewarm and factional, removing its salt, even wanting to change the wording of the Our Father and the 10 commandments.
            What you are addressing is the lavendar network, Pope Paul VI becoming aware of them in the 1960′s, the smoke of Satan entering into the sanctuary of the Church.
            Pope John Paul II was primarily dealing with all the false catechesis and liberalism within the Church and addressing errant bishops. Pope Benedict said his term would be short, he was interim and his health not bad. Pope Benedict was removing a bishop a month in his pontificate.
            The problem is not coming from the Curia but those surrounding them that Pope Francis is directing his energies.
            The Vatican is not on the 7 hills of Rome, but across the Tiber.
            The mark of the beast was directed at Nero and then in every generation you can find someone that fits 666.
            I grew up C atholic and hearing that homosexual acts are sinful, but we are to respect the homosexual person. I read this over and over in our local churches, I heard it nationally, it is in our universal catechism.
            Pope Benedict when he was cardinal wrote a number of instructions on the care of children to be protected in regards to pedophiles and homosexuals seeking to target teens.
            Many lay people became aware of this, esp in the USA along with many priests and bishops.

            If you think the Catholic Church is teaching homosexuality or allowing this practice among its clerics, you are very very wrong.

            The Church has endured far worse than what we see today and she will go on.

            A New York paper wrote a terrible smear campaign during Holy Week so many years back, and that same year we saw the greatest number of Christians enter….Baltirmore, Maryland, where sex abuse was among the first reported, had 1000 come as Catholics, and they were not Hispanic.

            It is better you seek true religion that be in one of those American self righteous cults who spread hatred and lies..now this kind of belief and teaching does not bring eternal life.

          • cpsho

            Julie, i am also a Catholic from since i can remember. i am a child of at least three generations of Catholics.
            There is a serious crisis of homosexuality in the Roman Curia. I do not want to scandalize more than necessary so i will not post names.
            We need prayers to prepare ourselves for the imminent 2nd advent of our Lord Jesus. He comes within a generation and half a generation.
            I am not telling you to disrespect church institutions; i am appealing that we all wake up to the signs of the times. It is the will of our Lord Jesus for us to read the signs of the time.
            .

            http://popeleo13.com/pope/2014/03/23/category-archive-message-board-21/#more-220
            .
            http://popeleo13.com/pope/2014/03/23/category-archive-message-board-21/#more-220

          • Julie

            Thank you for clarifying…..I have my own intuitions and sense about what is happening in the world and can already think of several scenarios….but don’t wish to articulate them here.
            666′s latest interpretation has it that the first 600 years after Christ came the False Prophet and the violent attack on Christianity by the Muslim world.
            The next 600 years, about 1200, marks the beginning of ‘I think, therefore I am’….leading to the fragmentation of Christianity itself, the Enlightenment, Renaissance, and nationalism. The final 600 years brings us to Nietsche, Marx, and Hegel…who JPII referred to as the anti christ for our times, and where the individual makes himself as a god and does not believe in anything but his own wishes.
            But I just read today that Pope Francis appointed a new bishop who removed an open homosexual priest at Berkeley, he has cleaned out the Vatican Bank, will continue his reforms.
            St. Catherine of Siena speaks of ‘crimes against nature’ in her treatise on the Church, and it sounds like times of today….which were followed up by the Plague in Europe.
            We have the Feast of the Tabernacle, Passover, the 4 Blood Moons, we see Russia and China now become militant and aggressive, we see earthquakes, unusual cold weather here….the breakdown of faith and morals.
            But faith is rising in the Western USA and the South…..the East Coast is more traditionally Catholic than here.
            Tradition has it that the Anti Christ will not be the pope. Yes, there is great evil in those clerics who are involved with such activities.
            I went to a talk last month…..700,000 Americans involved now in Satanic cults with 180,000 joining each year. The ordained deacon said he did not believe in such things until he attended a meeting and saw an older woman, who just had hip surgery, get down on the floor and start writhing across it like a snake…and also saw foot prints going up a wall, oil spilling from it, and people levitating. He is now working with bishops to renew the rite of exorcism here in the USA.
            Awareness is growing…but for me personally, the 666 is people not needing God but making their own whims and fancies their own beliefs.

          • cpsho

            Thanks for your post. Mohammed, Marx, Engels are anti-christs. Scriptures say clearly that there are many of them.
            The Beast is the 7-headed monster allied to the Dragon specifically described in the Book of Revelation.
            Read chapters 13, 14 and 15 quietly and ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you. This really is now the end of the End-times.
            There is “fire on the mountain” and that mountain is Rome. We need prayers.

      • Almario Javier

        100 years ago, the Church had the support of the State and other social institutions to ensure they would not even approach the Cathedral. From the fact we have it seems these people, along with the gutter press, perpetrated a fraud on the bishop and the faithful. And lest we say equivalent frauds were not perpetrated a century ago, I call to mind the Leo Taxil case, which managed to dupe even people we know today to be saints.

  • oregon nurse

    I agree that there was probably bad intentions behind this event and this was a couple of activists wanting to embarass the Church and stir up controversy.

    However, it brings up a question I’ve struggled with before. If baptism is about removing the stain of original sin and receiving the Holy Spirit, why do we make the reception of the sacrament about the parents? Don’t children with unbelieving parents need the grace of the Holy Spirit just as much? Even more?

    • jenn

      This something I have often thought of as well. I believe it comes down to the fact that in infant baptism, the parents are “making a vow of faith” on behalf of the child and therefore must assent to the same faith and agree to raise the infant in the light and knowledge of Catholicism. To me, this is where the difficulty occurs in this situation as we know that the parents are currently living outside the faith in many areas.

    • http://lavrasresiste.blogspot.com Lavras Resiste

      In that case, they should have agreed to a quiet, discreet, not publicized cerimony, not a propaganda-show for the world to watch. It’s up to the priest and bishop to keep the baptism focused on the child and to prevent any baptism to be made in an apology of the parents’ sins, as unfortunately happened there.

    • Guest

      It’s
      not just about the stain original sin being removed. The Sacrament is about something
      much deeper than that. It’s about our dying and rising again in Christ. It’s about
      the Divine Indwelling of the Trinity within us. It’s about sanctifying grace
      being poured out into our hearts, the grace that gives us faith, hope and
      charity, the grace that allows access to eternal life. (Mortal sin kills the
      last one. And needs to be confessed so that sanctifying grace can be given back.) Baptism is about being made members of the Body of Christ sharing in him everlasting life. And as members of His Body we are compelled to believe everything the Divine Lord has revealed to the Church including the Sacrament of Matrimony. It’s about being adopted in
      the Father through our bother Jesus and made holy in the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s about the opening of the sacramental if of the Church from, which we are gives access of heaven. It’s about living and incarnation and sacramental life. Original sin may be forgiven the soul of the baptized but the wounded nature of the sin remains and thus we remain in this life in a continual battle against the flesh. And they only way we keep
      ourselves from falling into the depth of hell when we die is by living the
      Baptismal vocation in Christ Jesus and participating in His life. (“Unless
      I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me” John 13.8b.) So if the family life is not living their Baptismal call what reasonable hope do we think the child will? Its ALL about the family which is the domestic church. Baptism may be all these things but I its not being lived then what has really done? (Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works. You believe that God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble. James 2. 17-9)

    • JFXP

      It’s not just about the stain original sin being removed. The Sacrament is about something much deeper than that. It’s about our dying and rising again in Christ. It’s about the Divine Indwelling of the Trinity within us. It’s about sanctifying grace being poured out into our hearts, the grace that gives us faith, hope and charity, the grace that allows access to eternal life. (Mortal sin kills the last one. And needs to be confessed so that sanctifying grace can be given back.) Baptism is about being made members of the Body of Christ sharing in him everlasting life. And as members of His Body we are compelled to believe everything the Divine Lord has revealed to the Church including the Sacrament of Matrimony. It’s about being adopted in the Father through our bother Jesus and made holy in the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s about the opening of the sacramental life of the Church from which we are given access to the Beatific Vision. It’s about living an incarnational and sacramental life. Original sin may be forgiven on the soul of the baptized but the wounded nature of the sin remains and thus we remain in this life in a continual battle against the works of the flesh. And the only way keep ourselves from falling into the depth of hell when we die is by living the Baptismal vocation in Christ Jesus and participating in His life. (“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me” John 13.8b.) So if the family life is not living their Baptismal call what reasonable hope do we think the child will? It’s ALL about the family which is the domestic church. Baptism may be all these things but if it’s not being lived then what has really done? (“Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works. You believe that God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble.” James 2.17-9) Let us keep praying to live this vocation EVERYDAY. Come Lord Jesus, fill the hearts of your faithful…

  • D.A. Howard

    How baptizing an infant legitimizes the parents so-called marriage mystifies me. They would need the Sacrament of Marriage which they never got.

    • Almario Javier

      Same here. A person’s baptism does not confer marriage on their parents.

      • El_Tigre_Loco

        Not everyone gets that subtlety.

        • Almario Javier

          In which case those people might need a remedial course on literacy in their native language…

  • faithandfamilyfirst

    Satan never stops trying to infiltrate the Church. It will never succeed, even when it looks like it will.

  • DeaconsBench

    It strikes me that this little girl is going to need all the help she can get in the years to come. Part of Canon Law states: “An infant of Catholic parents or even of non-Catholic parents is baptized licitly in danger of death even against the will of the parents.”

    A minister of baptism could made the prudential judgment that this child, because of the environment in which she’s being raised, is in danger of spiritual death.

    The grace of baptism can only help.

    • oregon nurse

      Thank you. That’s the answer I was looking for and it certainly makes sense.

      • El_Tigre_Loco

        But they got what they were after, the spreading of scandal.

  • Julie

    What the blindness is that these women could not have done what they did without coming into existence by their own mothers and fathers.

    You can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all the time and the vast majority of human beings know this idea of marriage is not and never has been in the history of mankind.

    However, it is another thing not to mistreat any person because of their orientation. The Catholic Church upholds the dignity of the human person no matter their actions.

  • Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

    I once heard a priest say that refusing a child baptism is the equivalent of a spiritual abortion. While this may have been a poor publicity stunt on the part of those asking for baptism, that child is a child of God and in need of grace. One never knows how God’s grace may move in her life or how it may influence the life of her caretakers.

    • mally el

      Yes, but the child could be groomed to reject the teachings of the Lord and the Church. We cannot say that an unbaptized child is lost, however we do know that a baptized person who rejects the Lord is playing with Fire.
      The priest should bless such children and baptize them only when the parent professes the faith on behalf of the child.

      • Almario Javier

        A baptized person who knowingly rejects Christ, sure. But we cannot be sure otherwise, no?

  • Jonathan

    A little followup goes a long way.

    If this parish (or any Catholic) bothered to keep up with little Umma, making contact with the couple when it is her time for preparation for sacraments etc., then she should be fine. Its easy to label this one thing and forget that Umma (and most Catholic children who are lost to the parish and the sacraments) needs support and in some way so do these women, stunt or not. No comments I have read so far would entice them to any conversion experience, but who knows, its a new evangelisation after all…

    No offense but in general Catholic followup is horrible, especially certain pastors and secretaries. The key is followup and honesty. In having Umma baptised, these women have made a certain commitment that their parish should hold them to.

  • Aldo Elmnight

    Why were they even allowed into the Cathedral?

  • The_Monk

    Where were the Godparents? There are a whole lot of unanswered questions, and subsequent problems, with this entire episode. May Almighty God have mercy on the souls of the lot of them….

  • saraw123

    It is beyond my grasp that these women would use a baby to promote their ’cause’.
    The saddest part is that this child has no idea what the future is holding for him/her.


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