Some church practices questioned - Part 2
- The issue of discriminatin of baptism of boys and girls.
HH writes that he has heard that girls are discriminated when baptizing in the church. This is how the discrimination is. When the baptismal prayers start the bpatismal tank is filled water and when the prayers end, priests take some water and keep it aside. Then boys are baptized first in the tank and then girls are baptized in the water that was kept aside. "THIS IS ABOMINABLE". This should not be done like this according to the procedures of the church or by the canon( Church rule book). "Such procedure is done
because of hautynes of the priests and/or carelessness of the priests. This practice is abominable."
All should know that when water is taken out of baptismal tank prepared for baptizing boys, and when girls are baptized later in it such baptism of inferior and is not complete. "NO ONE IS PERMITTED TO DO SO IN FUTURE". The way girls and boys are to be baptized as follows.
1) Frist fill the baptizmel tank with water and baptize boys as described before( in Part 1).
2) Then that water is removed and tank is filled with fresh water. The girls are to be baptized just like boys.
Because "GIRLS ARE NO WAY INFERIOR TO BOYS. MAN IS BORN FROM WOMAN AND WOMAN IS BORN FROM MAN. ONE IS NOT SUPERIOR TO OTHER.".
"The likeness of man is complete. Like that the likeness of woman is also complete. Therefore the baptisim of girls should also be complete."
"Any one who does these abominable things again will be ex-communicated. From now on you( priests) should not be carless on spiritual matters".
This is taken from apostolic bull by HH Ignatious Peter 111. Exact date is not known. But some time in the late 19th century. If any priests who read this, has a other ways of doing this OR if my understanding of last century Malayalam is not correct , please correct me.
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