Baptism: The Portal of Grace; the First Ephphetha! – UPDATED

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A couple days ago, I wrote about a Catholic squabble taking place on social media and opined: I’m not going to tell the pope (or any priest or deacon) that they shouldn’t baptize a baby whose parents haven’t checked off all the boxes. I’d rather see the baby claimed for Christ, the portal of grace created within the child, and hope that the parents who sought this baptism are also brought into conformity through that act of faith, however confused. No, "portal of grace" doesn't … [Read more...]

O King Solomon! Pray for us Squabbling Catholics!

Yes, I know this is an Orthodox baptism, but I couldn't resist.

Okay, so, via Deacon Greg ala the Italian press (which is you know...the Italian press), here is the latest story that has some Catholics screaming at each other in social media. The pope baptized a baby. According to "Il Tirreno" the couple requesting baptism for their daughter Guilia may not be sacramentally married. We don't even know if that report is accurate, or if so what circumstances may be behind the couple being only civilly wed. But that's enough for battle amongst Catholics. … [Read more...]

Un-baptizing; can that be done?

The Christmas season is over; today we read about the Baptism of Christ, and recall our own baptisms. some of us today renewed our baptismal promises. But not everyone. Deacon Greg Kandra notes that some are trying to "unbaptize" themselves. Some wish to "de-baptize" because they are responding to the sexual abuse scandals within the church; they are so sincerely disgusted that they cannot reconcile the message of Christianity, as voiced by the church, with the deceit and harm that has … [Read more...]