It is okay to baptize a child against his parents’ wishes? That’s what one woman asked Dear Abby today.
Since my sister [the baby’s grandmother] watches the little boy at her house, would it be wrong for us to organize an informal baptism — just holy water and a couple of prayers? We don’t feel we need to have an officiant of any religion present and, of course, we would not tell the baby’s parents. Would this be appropriate?
Think about how you’d respond, eliminate the swearing, and I suspect your answer will match up pretty closely with what Abby said.
My biggest problem with the situation is that I doubt it would end with a baptism. What about religious indoctrination? Confirmation (if it applies)? What intrusive relatives ever conduct a secret baptism, then stop pushing their views on the child ever again? It doesn’t happen.
(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Barb for the link)