Baptism should be by choice and not forced

Catholic theologian Vincent Twomey recently commented that the reason his church had fallen from its perch was because it had stopped thinking.

Baptism should be by choice and not forced

He didn’t indicate whether this happened by accident or design or at what point the rot had set in, leaving to listeners to decide whether this presence of mind ever existed in the first place.

Would Twomey’s revelation explain why up to the recent past we remained in a state of near stagnation because of duress placed upon our thoughts and actions?

Responsibility for what we think and do rests, not with the Pope or anybody else but with each one of us and there’s a price to be paid for delegating it to others. Without movement, nothing is possible and it is an age old given that all that is human must retrograde if it doesn’t advance.

Continuing to focus overly on spiritual affairs for the purpose of sorting our temporal ones is a mistake and it is imperative that these two subjects be separated.

The time has come for the Catholic Church to divest itself from involvement in our educational system, leaving religion and faith formation to the church, the family home and the Sunday school and the rest to secular society as is done in many other jurisdictions worldwide.

It is absurd that taxpayers are obliged to produce a baptismal certificate to have a child educated in a publicly funded school, the religious of which they do not endorse.

Pat Daly



Co Cork

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