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« Reply #12: March 14, 2009, 02:13:19 pm »

... I also wish there was a way to "undo" baptism formally.

I went through some similar thoughts a couple of years back.  Part of it was the idea that I had been initiated into a faith without my consent and I was to be judged by the laws and tenets of that faith whether or not I agreed with them.  So, I started looking to see if there was a way to un-do a baptism.  I mean, if the church can cast you out via excommunication then I figured that there had to be something that would call the baptismal oath null and void.  I looked around found some documentation on baptism on catholic.org and even located the website of the diocese in which I was baptised so I could verify the the branch of Catholicism in question.  This was important to me as I also spent a couple of years in Catholic school run by the church where I was baptised.

Beyond all this I also discussed the matter with a good friend who had some insight to the matter.  It was pointed out that the baptism of a baby is an oath made by the parents to raise the child in the faith and that it wasn't the responsibility of the child until the child choose freely to go through with the rite of Confirmation.  I thought about all this and in the end decided that it really didn't matter.  I, myself, had never made the oath and never went through Confirmation.  While I still retain a fondness for Catholic ceremony I had never felt a connection to God or Jesus and had never heard the voice of any of the saints or angels.  This, despite a sincere effort on my part to forge that connection.  The relationship I have with M'Lady is completely different.  Not only is there a connection there but I hear/see/feel Her in my life.  This relationship is far more important to me than undoing a 30+ year old rite in which I had no say to begin with.

My time with the Church helped shape me in part into who I am today.  If I hadn't had the experiences I had with the Church then I honestly can't say that I would have gone off and explored the different paths that I have.  For that I am grateful.  I have chosen to be who I am today rather than react to the past.  Some days I'm better at this than others but in the end it's all I can ask of myself.
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