Religion: Wrestling at the Font

"Just lately there have been numerous cases of parents bringing their babies for baptism aged a year or even 18 months. This is entirely wrong and contrary to the church's teaching." So, in his parish bulletin, writes the Rev. Horace Willson, Anglican rector of St. Mary's Church of Rosettenville in Johannesburg, South Africa. "It is only reasonable to expect a child twelve months of age to be frightened and resist the priest's attempts to pour water over its head. Some of the recent administrations could be likened to an all-in wrestling match, with the priest applying all the holds possible. The...

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