Pope Benedict Doesn’t Like All The New Fangled Names Kids Get These Days
For some reason, Pope Benedict chose to speak about parent’s choices of names for their children:
It will come as a welcome blast of commonsense for those who despair at the craze of giving children names such as Brooklyn, Apple and Princess Tiaamii.
The Pope has weighed into the debate with a plea to parents to give their children traditional first names.
Benedict XVI told a Vatican baptismal ceremony that the Christian name is an ‘indelible sign from the Holy Spirit’ and protects family life, which is ‘being threatened’
He said baptism with a strong name was ‘the start of spiritual life which is fulfilled through the Church’.
The Pope added: ‘With the sacrament of baptism the Church prays and entrusts to God a new child [and] parents and godparents agree to give the newly baptised a Christian education.
‘This is a great responsibility. That is why I encourage all the faithful to rediscover the beauty of baptism and being part of God’s great family.’
Theologian Gianni Gennari told an Italian newspaper: ‘By insisting on Christian names the Pope is not violating the rights of parents but simply asking for seriousness when it comes to baptism.’
Of course, one wonders why it would matter to God what your name is.