Inter-religious meetings and family obligations

2 Jun

We have just come home from my niece’s baptism.

The child is going to be raised Catholic.

I try very hard not to bitch about other religions – every path is valid as long as it leads to harmony and happiness. Just becase I am not at home in the Christian faith does not mean it cannot be the right path for other people. One of my best friends is a devout Catholic, and it has never been a problem for us.

Having said this, I think the Christian faith – and the Catholics especially – are a rather morbid bunch. I mean, the first thing a child hears as new member is that it is sinful and Jesus had to die for its sins. How do you explain that to a kid? The niece in question is young enough to not care – although she clearly did not care about the cold water – but there were other children of ages where they keep asking questions, and I have to remind myself that it is not my job to answer them (at least not with my Pagan views).

Some time ago said Catholic friend wanted me to become Godmother to her firstborn. And although it was an honor for me to be asked this, I had to refuse, pointing out that the church owuld not accept me since I am officially an atheist (German laws do not yet recognize Pagan religions), and that I would not feel up to the task to raise her child in the Catholic faith, as Godparents promise. Instead I promised to just spoil him rotten without official job title. ^^

Today’s baptism was interesting because one of the families was from Iraq, so part of the service was held in Arab and Aramaic, and because the priest really tried to emphasize the positive and make it a good experience for the mixed group of people. Still with some parts of the service it was tough to keep my mouth shut and eyes cast down so no one could see me seething, “WHAT SINS DO YOU THINK THESE CHILDREN HAVE COMMITTED SO FAR – HERETIC POOPING?”

Oh, it is going to be interesting having everyone gather when we decide to present our children to the world in a few years… ^^


2 Responses to “Inter-religious meetings and family obligations”

  1. Magaly Guerrero June 5, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    As you already know, “heretic pooping” has always been a huge stinky problem, which mostly oozes out of adult worshipers.

    Anyhoo, I’m right with you in the sentiment. I was visiting some relatives a couple of years ago, when my ears (and heart) were assaulted by the following phrase, “Do you want Jesus to continue to suffer because of you?” I turned to see who this person was talking to, and felt a strong urge to choke her. The blackmail had been aimed at a child who was 6 or 7 years old, and who didn’t want to stop playing in order to take a bath.

    Yes, it seems being little is a mortal sin. This kind of stuff makes me sick. I don’t understand how people can do such thing, especially to children.

    By the way, the funniest baptism I’ve ever attended was one in which a red-faced baby farted as loud as any grown man when the priest watered her. It was priceless, even if I was the only one who burst into cackles 😀

    • diandralinnemann June 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

      I can imagine… One of the children baptized on Sunday started wailing like a banshee when the priest touched her. Good girl. ^^

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