Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Rectification of Children's Names

"Every baptised child acquires the character of the son of God, beginning with their Christian name, an unmistakable sign that the Holy Spirit causes man to be born anew in the womb of the Church" — Pope rails against rise of un-Christian names. [No evidence of "railing" from the article, but that's how MSM journalists write about popes; at least the author didn't use "fumes," "rages" or "cracks down."]

Said Cristina Odone, former editor of The Catholic Herald, "There are so many of the church's traditions which we have come to ignore and which are actually meaningful and have a big spiritual significance." She continued, "To deprive our children of that sense of having a protecting saint is to rob them of something very significant. Many of today's names are not just un-Christian but they are also crass and consumerist."

Monsignor Andrew Faley, assistant general secretary to the Catholic Bishops' Conference, agreed: "The name is not just a label but it moves us into a deeper significance of what it means to be human as revealed in the person of Jesus Christ." He elaborated, "Naming children after perfumes, bicycles and countries is putting a limit on their potential. They are not merchandise or commodities."

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Blogger Steve Hayes said...

On the other hand, saints who are known by their pre-baptismal names have given other names that children can be named after. I agree that naming a child after a hotel (eg Paris Hilton) is bizarre, even if the family does own the hotel, but there are also some interesting twists. Many Zulu Christian names are quite ethnic, which saints names are not. So there are many who have names like Bonginkosi (Praise the Lord) Mandlenkosi (Power of the Lord), which are quite distinct from old heathen names.

12:35 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I agree with you about Zulu names, and think the Pope would as well.

Korean Catholics have either names from Chinese, or, as is a recent trend, pure Korean names, and then their baptismal name from a saint.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Lucille said...

Paris Hilton was not named after a hotel.

The hotel chain was founded by her family.

8:47 PM  

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