The stampede of the Irish over the Gadarene cliff continues apace.
Mary McAleese, (president of the republic from 1997-2011) has revealed that infant baptism is an assault on the human rights of the child.
In the past, said the graduate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, people didn’t understand ‘that they had the right to say no, the right to walk away, we live now in times where we have the right to freedom of conscience, freedom of belief, freedom of opinion, freedom of religion and freedom to change religion. The Catholic Church yet has to fully embrace that thinking.’
So there you have it: the very epitome of the Irish Enlightenment, which guarantees that a parent can terminate the life of an unborn child at will, but has no right to set a child (once born) on the pathway to eternal life.
McAleese’s bizarre understanding of baptism, as creating ‘infant conscripts who are held to lifelong obligations of obedience’, simply shows how far she has strayed from Catholic orthodoxy.