Monday, January 14, 2008

Water to Baptize, Water to Waterboard

I was struck by the photo of Pope Benedict XVI as he baptized 13 infants in the Sistine Chapel during a Sunday Mass celebrated at the altar at the foot of Michelangelo's "Last Judgment" wall fresco.

The 'last judgment' indeed. I could not help but think of that inhumane torture tactic used by some governments to elicit information from the captured person, waterboarding. Both baptism and waterboarding use water, that precious commodity, for two totally different purposes.

Let us hope that the baby above will never have another water-pouring event in his life as that practiced by barbaric people.

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