Open Font, Open Heresy

I went to a baptism today. Actually it was a triple baptism.

Being an Anglican rite, certain things are optional. For example, none of the parents were Anglican. I know that at least some of the godparents were not Anglican either. (My best guess is that none of them are.) I know that the parents of two of the children are not married. (My best guess is that the others weren’t either.)

Now here is what I don’t get. Even in the wishy-washy (or rather, the wishier-washier) alternative to the Common Worship text, the parents have to turn to Christ, repent of their sin, and renounce evil. If they are living in fornication when they walk into the Church and when they walk out, with no intention of changing that arrangement, how is it that the church allows them to go through the motions?

The church cannot know the secrets of the heart, but they can easily know the openness of cohabitation. The C of E substitutes social occasions for sacraments. Having the baby “done” is an excuse to have a party. Actually when I saw the godfather of one of the children with a diamond ear stud and his shirt undone to show off his bling, I knew this was going to be what could only  be called an ex-chav-aganza.

Is it any surprise that if the sacrament of baptism has lost its sacredness, the rest soon follow? You end up with things like women pretending to be priests (or even bishops) or the proported marriage of a man and a man.

4 Responses to “Open Font, Open Heresy”

  1. Mary Says:

    How did you happen to end up at such a joyous event?

  2. sol Says:

    The mother of two of the children is a good friend of the Unnamed Woman, who is one of the godparents. After all, if there is going to be an valid baptism (and I can’t think of why it wouldn’t be), then there ought to be a Christian godparent in the equation somewhere.

  3. Steve Says:

    A few years ago we were invited to a relative’s child’s baptism at the local Roman Catholic Church. The relative’s paramour had arranged the baptism and sent out invitations to it even before the child was born, and was talking of arranging a wiccening too. If she’d thought of it, she might have arranged a humanising as well (see Notes from underground: Humanist weddings grow in popularity in Scotland | Ekklesia).

    In the event, the priest forgot, and went on holiday, so we all hung around the church waiting but nothing happened. If she had been regular in attending services, no doubt she would have realised something was wrong, and rescheduled, and the priest probably didn’t know her at all, so it was easy to forget.

  4. Mary Says:

    The Unnamed Woman perhaps has her work cut out for her with these two ones…

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