My daughter and son-in-law (a Lutheran, and a good man finding his way home) are taking classes in preparation for the baptism our granddaughter who will be born in April. She has been told that all baptisms are done during Mass with no exceptions. Not her preference but she’s fine with that. They also have been told that all babies will be baptized by total immersion in the baptismal font (large pool) in the narthex. The babies (in the past as many as 12 or more at a time) will be completely disrobed. My daughter and her husband were taken aback by this and they do not feel at all comfortable placing their newborn in this situation. I’ve told them that while I believe it is certainly licit, I’ve never seen this done before. I believe it to be part of the Orthodox tradition but I do not understand it to be a Roman Catholic tradition, at least in this country. So for me this situation does beg the question, why? Why the pastor would think this necessary, even against the wishes of the parents? Your comments and suggestions please Father.
P.S. Went to confession today! Thank you for your constant reminder of God’s Mercy encountered in this sacrament. Would that all priests be as vigilant in this regard.
Naked baptism, and baptism by immersion are certainly valid, but not required. I question the authority of the pastor to impose either on the faithful. I think a discussion is in order with the pastor about possible options. If he’s unwilling to bend, a call to the diocesan chancery (after Holy Week, thank you) might produce some reasonable alternatives.
Once again, the question arises: Why are certain persons in the Church (generally of a liberal stripe) intent on making certain options mandatory (e.g., doing baptisms a certain way) while, at the same time, they seem eager to turn certain mandatory obligations into mere options (e.g., claiming that it’s still an option to stand during the Canon while it’s clearly not permitted any longer)?
Thanks for the mention of confession. Everyone…
GO TO CONFESSION!