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Pope’s weekday Mass homily (10/19): the gift of God’s salvation opens the door to all

October 20, 2017

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CWN Editor's Note: Preaching on Lk. 11:47-54, the Pope warned that “the Pharisees, doctors of the law are not people of the past, even today there are many of them.” He cited the example of “parish priests who did not baptize the children of the mothers because they were not born in canonical marriage.” At root, he added, is the loss of a close relationship with the Lord, along with a “dull mindset that believes in the self-sufficiency of salvation with the fulfillment of the law.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Oct. 22, 2017 12:16 AM ET USA

    I don't know if he is recounting a true story or a parable. Here is what "the law" has to say. Can. 868: "For an infant to be baptized licitly: 1) the parents...must consent; 2) there must be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion; if such hope is altogether lacking, the baptism is to be delayed according to the prescripts of particular law after the parents have been advised about the reason." The circumstances of the Pope's example lack this sort of clarity.