Should Baptism Be Postponed for a Soldier Catechumen Deployed

I don’t think so.

Catholic News Service: Twice before, Aaron Tam has come close to being baptized. Once was in Jacksonville, North Carolina, but in preparing for his deployment to Iraq, he missed too many classes. His instructor in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program, himself a retired Marine Corps sergeant, gave him the bad news: “You can’t get baptized this Easter.” He recalled: “I said, ‘I totally understand.'” He left that May for Iraq. Another time, he prepared aboard ship, working his way over to deployment. That effort came up short as well. Duty called. More here. Scroll down to eleventh entry.

  • GeneDe

    The reasons given for disallowing the Marine’s baptism may be technically correct — according to the “law”, but in reality, exceptions have to be made. Why would anyone play spiritual Russian roulette because someone didn’t have time to meet all the requirements? Being in the military is like no other profession; it only takes one bullet to find its target, and it’s over.