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The process now will be centralized, with requests coordinated through the office of the vicar general, the bishop’s second in command, in consultation with parish priests. Previously, such decisions were left largely to priestly discretion and sensitivity.
Priests were notified of the change in a memo in early May from Monsignor James Bartylla, the diocese’s vicar general. A copy of Bartylla’s memo was given to the State Journal, though by a third party, not a priest. [well, it seems a priest would have necessarily leaked it to someone, not that I'm sure it matters]
The new approach comes as the Roman Catholic Church grapples with the issue internationally. An April 5 baptism in Argentina of a baby being raised by her biological mother and the woman’s lesbian partner kicked up a controversy.
The baptism angered some Catholics, who saw it as the church’s tacit endorsement of gay relationships. The two women were photographed kissing in the cathedral following the ceremony. The diocese’s archbishop said the church was not endorsing the gay lifestyle, saying, “Baptism is the right of every human person.”
Brent King does well with this one; questions well answered.
It's a tricky one. Since it's not possible for the child to be brought up in a Christian home, I can understand the case where the child is asked to wait until they are an adult. Other issues along this line have come up before; the WWII Jewish orphan controversy, or the case of Pope Pius IX and Edgardo Mortara. I lean toward the private Baptism solution, but clearly this avenue would be exploited as it was obviously done in Argentina. I do not envy our dear faithful priests. I think it makes sense to consult the Vicar General though to prevent precisely that exploitation while still making the sacrament available if possible.