Oct 31, 2005

'Making the Church safe' for converts and other living things


(WACO, TEXAS) - A pastor performing a baptism was electrocuted inside his church Sunday morning after grabbing a microphone while partially submerged, a church employee said.

The Rev. Kyle Lake, 33, was standing in water up to his shoulder in a baptismal at University Baptist Church when he was electrocuted ...

The woman Lake was baptizing was not injured, Dudley said.

"He was grabbing the microphone so everyone could hear," Dudley said. "It's the only way you can be loud enough."
This is a sad story and not one to be made light of, but ...

Baptists could take a few lessons from L.A. Catholic priests when it comes to safely performing baptisms.

First, if you really must use a microphone, go wireless like Jesuit Father Michael Mandala pictured below.

Or do what Paulist Father Hensely does: forget the microphone altogether.

This way BOTH HANDS are free to really celebrate baptism. But watch it, Father. Possible "boundary violation" there.

Of course, as Cardinal Mahony and Monsignor Kostelnik demonstrate in this photo, FOUR HANDS are even better than TWO.

Which reminds me, how many clerics does it take to change a diaper?


Anonymous Linda said...

The top photo lacks any quality of mystery or grace or respect for the sacrament. I would have been furious and embarrassed if I was that woman.

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two questions:
Is that a naked baby the cardinal is baptizing? You've got to be kidding me!

Was the water poured on his head while the words were pronounced, or was his little behind just dipped into the water?
I would hazard a guess that in the latter case, the baptism might be invalid.

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baptism used to be a solemn, sacred event. Now it's just another "Showtime at the Cathedral" moment.

God help us.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Scarlette said...

I agree with you, linda. It kind of pissed me off when I saw that photo.
He's not even looking at her or what he's doing. He's looking at his "audience".
I think I would've wanted to slap him across the face if I was that woman. (I think I want to anyway.)

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Ginger said...

"This is a sad story and not one to be made light of but..." Those were my thoughts exactly. Glad I wasn't the only one!

12:51 PM  
Blogger Orthodox Catholic said...

In the Eastern Church, we DIP our babies in the baptismal font. They wear their birthday suit --nothing else. And they go in all the way except for the head, upon which the priest or an assistant pours some of the baptismal water.

If you have a problem with a naked baby, perhaps you better take some time to evaluate exactly what is wrong with you.

Brother Ed

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

Scarlette - I was talking with some friends about how it is a sin to hit a priest... but what if their behaviour is begging for it? My prayer intentions this year were going to focus on fostering new vocations - maybe I need to concentrate on praying for those already in the priesthood so that the Holy Spirit can facilitate their inner conversion to orthodoxy.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Scarlette said...

Brother Ed
I don't think anyone commenting here has a problem with a naked baby. Especially the one's who are parents.

Don't be too hard on those of us who have never seen that kind of naked-baby-baptism. I never have. In fact, as you should know, the tradition and the instructions to parents are that the baby must be wearing white. The priest even has something white in case the parents don't.

But, I think anonymous will be glad to hear that you do pour water over their little heads too.

His behaviour looks like he was begging for it to me.

9:38 PM  

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