In order to have their children baptized in the Church, parents have to promise to raise the child in the faith. They also have to renounce Satan and are specifically asked in the name of the child. "Do you reject Satan? And all his works?" (Baptism liturgy here.)Then they are asked to make a profession of faith. So, excuse me, how does a couple living in a perpetual state of mortal sin at variance with God's teachings make and keep those promises?
It is not a question of punishing the child. When a child is baptized,
he is made responsible for all the requirement of living a Catholic life. That's exactly why the parents promise that they will raise the child in the faith. Now, exactly how can parents living a life committed to same-sex lust teach a child about the requirements of the sixth and ninth commandments? How can they teach the child what the Church says about the authentic nature and indissolubility of marriage when they are a living contradiction?
I once asked Fr. John Hardon, S.J. if a grandmother should baptize a grandchild (with permission of the parents) when she knows there is no intention to raise the child Catholic. He said no for the reasons stated above.
So exactly what is the Madison Diocese teaching the faithful about the nature of baptism and Church teaching? Is the sacrament a joke? Is this one more case of treating a Sacrament (like Canon Law 915) as if it doesn't matter?
Here's what Canon 869 says:
For the licit baptism of an infant it is necessary that....there be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion; if such a hope is altogether lacking, the baptism is to be put off according to the prescriptions of particular law and the parents are to be informed of the reason."Obviously, if the child is in danger of death baptism should be conferred, but how exactly in the case of those living a gravely evil lifestyle in conflict with the "Catholic religion" how can the baptism NOT be put off?
Now read this article and ask yourself what in hell (and I mean that!) is happening? Pray for the poor babies in these situations.