I have run into many irregular situations as a priest,but if what Fr. Z writes in his blog today actually is true, this takes the cake. Fr. Z says this came from a priest. I hope it is fictional, but who knows today?
I recently encountered a situation in ministry that previously was the stuff of theory or anecdote only.
A parent has given his still unbaptized toddler the middle name “Lucifer.” The parent claims that even though Lucifer fell, he was still “God’s favorite” angel and that the name was chosen for that and no sinister occult reason.
Based on a previous priest’s alleged refusal to approve the child’s baptism the parent had the impression he must legally change the middle name in order to baptize (something he is not willing to do). I told the parent that I would consider baptism but (a) I would not baptize using the name Lucifer; (b) that he would need to choose a saint’s name in place of Lucifer; and (c) I can only strongly encourage him to cease using the middle name with the child if he is seriously making a decision for Christ and Christ’s reign on behalf of his child.
I do think that the pastoral solution this priest is offering is sound, non clerical and God knows, this child needs Holy Baptism and all the graces he will receive to cope with a father that would give his son a fallen angel's name.
What do you think about baptizing this child?