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Tuesday, September 2, 2008


An Italian group is seeking to set up a legal way in which people who were baptized as children may formally renounce their baptisms as adults. Pretty straightforward - essentially they're asking, again as adults, to be taken off of the Catholic Church's rolls. I suspect that most Catholics would agree that this is fine - no point in officially being a member of an organization that you don't want to be a member of, especially when you were inducted by your parents when you were a child.

But, as usualy, the winning jounralists at the World Net Daily, and the folks at the Christian Alliance Defense Fund are claiming that these folks are doing something that they are not. These people are claiming that there is a campaign to ban baptisms in Italy.

Go here for more info. and some links to even further information.

So, if you hear the story, just keep in mind - nobody is trying to ban baptisms, we all agree that parents have a right to have their children baptized. This is simply a group trying to get the Catholic church to recognize people who do not want to be members anymore (corret me if I'm wrong, but isn't there already ways to do this?). The people claiming that there is an effort to ban baptisms are breaking the 9th commandment and bearing false witness - probably in order to whip up fury amongst those who won't bother to look into the matter.

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