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Anyone know of a progressive Catholic priest?

By I-filed - 14 February 2011 16

Friends of mine have to baptise their baby in the Catholic church to appease family.

Is there a Catholic church in Canberra that is progressive, inclusive etc as far as it can get away with?

My friends are on the northside but would go anywhere to avoid the priest they have already encountered in their local church …

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Anyone know of a progressive Catholic priest?
Holden Caulfield 8:16 pm 14 Feb 11

Pommy bastard said :

If they are only doing it “to please family, which in itself shows a great deal of moral cowardice, why does it matter which catholic cult place they get it done in, and which child molester priest they get to throw water on the kid?

If it’s only being done “to please the family” any bloody place should be as good as any other for this silly ritual.

Ahh, vilification of the Christian/Catholic church, the last frontier!

I-filed 7:50 pm 14 Feb 11

georgesgenitals said :

Alternately, get the baby baptised by Anglicans or Uniting church, both of which have plenty of progressive clergy to choose from.

Sigh, tried that, I suggested the Uniting Church, particularly the one in Curtin. My friends are still strangely tribal Catholic, more so than I expected. Screaming banshee – they aren’t alternative really – pretty suburban.

housebound 5:25 pm 14 Feb 11

As much as I think the idea of infant baptism to be ridiculous, the point of it – to make a commitment to bring the child up nicely and according to the faith the parents claim to hold – is a really good thing.

It is only a silly ritual to those foolish enough to do when they won’t be keeping any such commitment, or to those who don’t understand faith and therefore vilify everyone who has some (while claiming tolerance).

Pommy bastard 2:39 pm 14 Feb 11

If they are only doing it “to please family, which in itself shows a great deal of moral cowardice, why does it matter which catholic cult place they get it done in, and which child molester priest they get to throw water on the kid?

If it’s only being done “to please the family” any bloody place should be as good as any other for this silly ritual.

georgesgenitals 2:22 pm 14 Feb 11

Grrrr said :

Father Bob, South Melbourne?

georgesgenitals said :

Alternately, get the baby baptised by Anglicans or Uniting church, both of which have plenty of progressive clergy to choose from.

Er, that’s probably going to equate to non-baptism to the Catholic grandparents.

You’re probably right.

Bad Seed 2:11 pm 14 Feb 11

I work for a Catholic parish and would consider my boss progressive but I know that he too would ask “why” if the family were just not interested. It kinda devalues Baptism for those of us that consider it important. He too would ask the family if it mattered to them and if they said no, he couldn’t in all conscience baptise their child. They could of course lie if which case it would be up to the grace of God… The other thing is, they are welcome to go to any parish but they still need to get the priest from whatever parish they live in to sign off on the paperwork for an “out of parish” baptism and to say they have attended a pre-baptism course in their parish which most (but not all) parishes require these days – usually a one hour session in an evening so they may have to encounter the unhelpful priest anyway! Good luck to them.

la mente torbida 1:44 pm 14 Feb 11

Progressive Catholic … oxymoron

swissbignose 1:42 pm 14 Feb 11

I’d check out the local Catholic Church in Narrabundah. This parish (St. Benedict’s) is served by members of the Missionaries of God’s Love and may be accommodating.

(I’m curious as to which parish you visited in the Northside…)

Everglade 1:25 pm 14 Feb 11

I couldn’t believe it when friends decided to baptise their children in the Catholic Church. I don’t think they’ve ever been to church in their lives but they got it done at the one in Curtin and the ceremony was surprisingly pleasant, not too painful at all and all families concerned were very happy.

Mothy 11:43 am 14 Feb 11

My uncle and his partner had to play at nice Churchgoing folk for a while in order to get their kids baptized in the local (Northside) Catholic Church. Apparently the priest originally knocked them back, affronted that they’d asked as he’d never seen them before. Good luck.

Grrrr 11:42 am 14 Feb 11

Father Bob, South Melbourne?

georgesgenitals said :

Alternately, get the baby baptised by Anglicans or Uniting church, both of which have plenty of progressive clergy to choose from.

Er, that’s probably going to equate to non-baptism to the Catholic grandparents.

Katietonia 11:35 am 14 Feb 11

I don’t think a progressive catholic priest actually exists. Maybe they should stand up to their family and say no?

mp2615 9:59 am 14 Feb 11

Hmm, “progressive Catholic priest” – That would be a great oxymoron. I agree with #1. Being an Anglican would be enough grounds for exclusion in the eyes of some. Baptism implies that the child will be raised in that faith. All sorts of arguments lie ahead there. Definitely the thin end of the wedge. Let the child grow up and decide for themself whether they want to be in the Catholic church or not.

Frankly, you could raise a serious point that you could be exposing the child to moral danger. There are many well documented cases.

georgesgenitals 9:49 am 14 Feb 11

Alternately, get the baby baptised by Anglicans or Uniting church, both of which have plenty of progressive clergy to choose from.

screaming banshee 9:36 am 14 Feb 11

Clearly they live some sort of alternate lifestyle that would not be considered Catholic, why appease the family on this matter, thats just giving in.

Tell them to stand up for themselves and tell the family they dont believe in Catholicism and wont be subjecting their offspring to such an archaic ritual.

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