Its not 1950 anymore!<quoted text>
Hi, Star! Hank is "Truth" (with a capital 'T'). As far as anyone can tell, he's a Campbellite, but he won't say one way or the other. He's definitely not Catholic. A few of their doctrines are similar to ours. For instance, they believe in baptism, although not infant.
How are you doing? Hope all is well.
Why have infant baptisms today if according to the roman catholic bishops conference that 3 out of every 4 baptized catholics, don't practice their faith today. Most catholics use or have used forms of contraceptives the church says is sinful. Almost as many catholic women as non catholic women have abortions in america. Many divorced catholics have new partners that the church says is adultry.
In France 85% of the population are baptized catholics most from infancy, yet today less that 8% practice their faith as adults.
Wouldn't the followers and the church be stronger if baptisms were held off until catholics/protestants reached the age of decision making themselves, instead of making the family happy then later finding out the baptized child then is now an adult and doesn't even go to church.
Up until the early 1960s most catholics were conservative, today MOST catholics are not, and that number is growing.
Today in america we live in a cosmopolitan, secular society where educated adults are making different decisions about themselves then their parents did when they were infants.
Teach your children catholicism and the different religious beliefs in our society, so they become tolerant of others when they become adults. If the child decides as a young adult to become a baptized catholic then so be it, but to baptize every catholic baby hoping they will all stick to it, is ludicrous today.
Infant baptisms to many catholic families is more about tradition, customs, family parties, and making mom and dad happy.
Baptism should be about the person themselves, deciding what is best for them, not best for mom and dad.