Is This News? German Bishops Withhold Sacraments from the “Un-baptized”


In January 2012, I wrote about the growing trend among Europeans to request that they be “unbaptized”—that is, not content to merely stop attending Mass on Sunday, they wanted to be formally removed from the rolls at their local Catholic parish, and to have any record of their baptism expunged.  They wanted to be "unbaptized."Of course, that’s not possible.  As I wrote before, the Sacrament of Baptism leaves an indelible mark on the soul, and formal resignation from the Church does not oblite … [Read more...]

The Seal of Confession: Media Goes for Drama Over Accuracy

  “Are church confessions safe?” – CBS Detroit “Can religious confessions be used against you?” – Detroit Free Press “Pastor-parishioner privilege?  Court of Appeals to hear arguments” –  All of the above headlines refer to a case which is being adjudicated this week by a three-judge Michigan Court of Appeals panel. And all of them misunderstand at least some aspect of the Sacrament of Confession. Some Things to Know Up FrontConfession (big “C”) is a Sacrament in the … [Read more...]

De-Baptism: Is That Even Possible?

Increasing numbers of Europeans are asking to be “de-baptized,” says a report in the Huffington Post, and Church officials are concerned.Say what?  Doesn’t Baptism change you ontologically, leaving an indelible mark on your soul, just as ordination does for the priest?Well, yes.  No matter how hard you scrub, you really can’t wash that mark off. But apparently, people—lots of people!—are trying.  Some estimate the number of “de-baptisms” requested in Europe has reached the tens of th … [Read more...]