Tuesday, March 04, 2008

In The Name of The Mother And The Daughter

I baptize thee something-or-other.

Doesn't that sound very weird to you? Yet we view the reverse as holy and religious, a religion which worships the Father and the Son. And that is how it's going to be within the Catholic Church forever, if the Pope Benedict is any indication:

The Vatican declared Friday that baptisms must be performed under a traditional formula - referring to the Trinity as the "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" - to be valid.

Any baptisms conducted under new formulas that use inclusive nonmale language are not legitimate.

A statement by the Vatican's doctrinal department rejected the new formulas, used by some Protestants and Catholics, which have come into use in an attempt to avoid masculine-exclusive language to refer to the Trinity.

The rejected formulas are: "I baptize you in the name of the Creator, and of the Redeemer and of the Sanctifier" or "I baptize you in the name of the Creator, and of the Liberator and of the Sustainer."

Wild Hunt (via Hecate) has more to say about Pope Ratzi's dislike of feminist ideas in general.

I always thought that God is not necessarily a creature with a penis. But I guess I was misled in that.