French DEBAPTIZE me Battle
This is a hoot & a half. An elderly gentleman wishes to have his baptism stricken from Church Records.
It's not a gay issue it's not a tax cut it's not about Frothey or Mittens or Mooselini (thanks Maddie)
I find it a hoot & a half.
Almost as good as the Catholic Church in Ireland protecting their records from Mormons who might want to re-baptize the dead.
Not like there any Spiritual Clorox or Gain out there to do the trick!
"They sent me a copy of my records, and in the margins next to my name, they wrote that I had chosen to leave the church," he says.
That was in the year 2000. A decade later, LeBouvier wanted to go further. In between were the pedophile scandals and the pope preaching against condoms in AIDS-racked Africa, a position that LeBouvier calls "criminal." Again, he asked the church to strike him from baptismal records. When the priest told him it wasn't possible, he took the church to court.
Last October, a judge in Normandy ruled in his favor. The diocese has since appealed, and the case is pending.
"One can't be de-baptized," says Rev. Robert Kaslyn, dean of the School of Canon Law at the Catholic University of America.
Kaslyn says baptism changes one permanently before the church and God.
"One could refuse the grace offered by God, the grace offered by the sacrament, refuse to participate," he says, "but we would believe the individual has still been marked for God through the sacrament, and that individual at any point could return to the church."
Here is a link that might be useful: NPR