Saturday, July 16, 2005
Baptism of children of same sex couples?
"OTTAWA, JULY 15, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The Catholic Church may not be able to baptize children of same-sex couples, if both parents insist on signing the certificate of baptism, says the archbishop of Quebec. "According to our canon law, we cannot accept the signatures of two fathers or two mothers as parents of an infant," said Cardinal Marc Ouellet. Benoit Bariteau, associate general secretary of the bishops' conference, clarified later that that the Church would only deny baptism if both fathers, or both mothers, insisted on signing the baptismal certificate. The Ottawa Citizen newspaper reported that Bariteau explained that if one signature is sufficient for both parents, the Church would not refuse to baptize children of a same-sex couple.
PADRE POINT: While we don't want to punish a child for the sins of parents, what about the 'well founded hope' that the child will be raised in the faith? This will be a big question for the Church to address in the future...you heard it hear first!