Saturday, March 18, 2006

Saint Patrick the Baptist

Omis points us to an interesting piece of revisionist history: Saint Patrick wasn't a Catholic, he was a Baptist! Now, consider that the Baptist denomination, as I understand it, only first emerges in 19th century America, one has to question the argument. It seems to rank up there with the arguments that Jesus never drank wine with alcohol in it. Among the evidence:

St. Patrick Baptized By Immersion Only
This has been a leading principle among the Baptists since the days of the Apostles and still is today. Again, in all of his writings there is not one shred of evidence that the Irish preacher knew anything of sprinkling. All of the records of his baptisms tell of immersion.

The author, I expect, would be surprised to learn that immersion is alive and well in the Catholic Church. From The Catechism of the Catholic Church: "Baptism is performed in the most expressive way by triple immersion in the baptismal water. However, from ancient times it has also been able to be conferred by pouring the water three times over the candidate's head" (1239).


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