The former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has continued her recent set of critiques against the Catholic Church. Over the weekend, the Irish Times reported that she feels Christians who baptise their babies are signing up “infant conscripts” in a way which may breach fundamental human rights.
This critique makes total sense and should not come as a surprise. As Stanley Hauerwas often says, liberalism is the age in which the story you are told is that you have no story except the story you choose for yourself when you are told that you have no story.
Infant baptism insists that a child is born into a story that has already been running for a very, very long time, and so it is anathema.
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