Furthermore, named and unnamed sources lay the policy at the feet of Pope Francis, who struggled not to deprive any child of baptism, no matter what the situation of the parents when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires.
The Bear can't wait to see the press coverage.
Do you think his homily about "hypocrites" who are wrapped up in their "formalities" and say "That is not possible!" might have anything to do with this?
|Look! That's not so bad, is it? In the Franciscan Church, anything's possible!|
The Bear has thought a lot about this. They should not use the baby as a political football, but if they do, we shouldn't kick it. We must try not to fall into the their-side-our-side mentality where we think only about keeping score. If baptism meant anything to these women, beyond at best a sort of nostalgic kitsch, there would be no problem. But that is a lot to hope for.
The Church, if wise, could mitigate the scandal, but evidently this is not seen as a scandal at all, but a positive policy of openess and charity. Canon law ("formalities") be damned. Where have we seen disregard for the way things are done before? That is the very signature of the Franciscan Church. Because changing things to suit yourself is humble. So this must not be done in a corner, but proud and loud in the cathedral, with the president of Argentina.
Shhh! You slothful hypocrite! Your argument is invalid. It's a baby!
Via Fr. Z.