privately [!]baptized an older adult. He did so outside of Mass, without Confirmation and of course without Holy Communion.
Those who insist on rigidly following the RCIA process and incorporating all three sacraments of Initiation, that of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist at the same ceremony and usually only at the Easter Vigil will be apoplectic! And to think it was done privately and not in community! O, the agony of it all!
In addition the elitists promoting the rigid RCIA process will be apoplectic because there seems to be no RCIA process of catechesis. When you read between the lines below, meaning the Pope baptized him without a great deal of catechetical preparation, you can only imagine how those who promote RCIA will feel about the Holy Father allowing this omission! It is implied in the news story about this:
"Fr. Lombardi underscored that Lee “solicited baptism. Obviously, he was not Christian and that is why he asked for it, but it is clear that he has had preparation with prayer, and with this pilgrimage that he made, we can say that he has been on a spiritual journey.”
I think I can infer that what is implied in Fr. Lombardi description is that the Korean was not in any RCIA program and had only the preparation of prayer with this pilgrimage that he made, a spiritual journey! I find this stunning and groundbreaking! Of course it ties in with the Holy Father's insistence that priests and deacons in no way place stumbling blocks in the path of those who request baptism for their children, even if the parent or parents' status with the Church is dubious!
Please note the Holy Father is wearing a surplice over His Holiness' cassock and stole--will the mozzetta be far behind?
Here's the story!
Korean man takes name of ‘Francis’ at baptism by Pope
August 17, 2014 by
Seoul, South Korea, Aug 17, 2014 / 01:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday morning Pope Francis baptized 62-year-old Lee Ho-Jin – the father of one of the victims from the Sewol Ferry tragedy earlier this year – who took on the baptismal name “Francis.”
Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi reported that the baptism was celebrated in 20 minutes without Mass. It was officiated by a Korean priest, who is acting as the Pope's translator, with Pope Francis conducting the immersion and anointing.
According to the nunciature in Korea where the the baptism took place, the ceremony was attended by Lee Ho-Jin's son, daughter, and a priest of the Suwon diocese.
On Aug. 15, Fr. Lombardi told CNA that the Pope met with some of the family members from the ferry tragedy before a Mass with thousands of Koreans at the World Cup stadium in Daejon earlier in the week.
He approached, blessed and “touched the head of each one of them and he shared his closeness” with them, Fr. Lombardi said.
Lee spoke to the Pope, the Vatican Spokesman said, after “having made a long pilgrimage carrying a cross and praying for his young son who died on the ferry.”
Fr. Lombardi underscored that Lee “solicited baptism. Obviously, he was not Christian and that is why he asked for it, but it is clear that he has had preparation with prayer, and with this pilgrimage that he made, we can say that he has been on a spiritual journey.”
According to official sources, the cause of the ferry's shipwreck of Sewol was a sharp turn. At least 36 people were officially declared dead, an d around 280 have not yet been found.
Announced by the Vatican in March, the Pope's Aug. 13-18 trip follows an invitation from the president of the Korean Republic, Park Geun-hye, and the bishops of Korea.
During his time, the Pope traveled from the capital city of Seoul to Daejon, where he celebrated the Sixth Asian Youth Day with thousands of young people. He also visited the rehabilitation center for disabled persons in Kkottongnae, as well as a shrine in Haemi for a closing Mass with Asian youth.
The Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea reported that it is the first time in 25 years that a Pope has baptized a Korean since a group were baptized by Pope John Paul II in 1989.