söndag 3 maj 2009

De-baptism

East Window, Lincoln College, Oxford
Some people, resentful of having been baptised in a church, are seeking de-baptism. Presumably a de-baptism would run like this...

V. Do you reject Satan?
R. I do not.
V. And all his works?
R. I do not.
V.
And all his empty promises?
R. I do not.
V. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth?
R.
I do not.
V. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?
R.
I do not.
V. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?
R. Er... no.
V. God, the all-powerful Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and forgiven all our sins. May he also keep us faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever.
R. Ummm... when can you hear my confession?

The Power of Silence by Cardinal Sarah

Cardinal Sarah is the Guinean cardinal who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship. He is also the author of The Power of Silenc...