Saturday, March 22, 2008
OK, Get this. If you think you're A Catholic, you may not be and you also may not be married
"Words make a difference -- so much of a difference that they can make a sacrament invalid, according to a declaration from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published Feb. 29. The congregation said gender-neutral language makes baptisms null. Formulas used by some Christian churches to replace the phrase “In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost” are not valid in Catholicism, the Vatican ruled.
The official note, approved by Pope Benedict XVI, said those baptized with alternative Trinitarian formulas, such as in the name “of the Creator, and of the Redeemer and of the Sanctifier” or “of the Creator, and of the Liberator and of the Sustainer” must be rebaptized if they wish to remain Catholic or to convert to Catholicism."
Which means that if your parents had a forward thinking parish who followed the ideas of the Vatican Council and they tried to bring their churches and sacraments into the spirit of the era. And your parents had a child or several and had them baptised and the baptism used language that was the alternative formula which was much friendlier to women. You were not really Catholic, even if you received the sacraments and went to 15 or 18 years of Catholic schools-maybe you're a priest or a nun? Or perhaps you got married and confirmed and made their first communion while not Catholic, well, you guessed it, gotta redo. Hundreds of lawsuits for priestly child abuse millions being paid out, I guess the pope though Hmmm..., how'm I gonna earn all this extra money, hey lets declare baptism's coming out of Vatican II null and re-baptise and re-marry. Of course there will be an honorarium to correct this 'mistake' and make everything right, uh huh... It's all so unbelievable what our current pope-a-lope will come up with next.