By Wyatt Earp | January 11, 2011
On Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI stated that members of the faith should give their children “a Christian name.” Oh noes, the horror!
The pontiff made the remarks after performing a baptism inside the Vatican. As a result, he was thoroughly ripped in the Italian media:
If you’re Catholic and are expecting a baby don’t even think of naming it anything like Crystal, Heather, Track or Chelsea unless you want to upset Pope Benedict. The pope, who baptized 21 children on Sunday at a traditional annual ceremony at the Vatican, said afterward that every new member of the faith acquires the character of a son or daughter of the Church “starting from a Christian name.”
This, he said, was “an unequivocal sign that the Holy Spirit gives a rebirth to people in the womb of the Church.”
Personally, I think the pope is simply asking people to use common sense. How many times do we read about some knucklehead who wants to name their child “Apple,” “Pilot Inspektor,” or something else equally inane? Names matter, and while I am indifferent about the “Christian name,” I believe that parents should use their heads before bestowing a name on a child.