Religion & Beliefs
Priestly Idea (Did You Know Anyone Can Perform a Baptism?)
I said, “Hey, why don’t we get Tuffi to do our baptism?” “She’s not Catholic,” Victoria said. I said, “I know, but I think of her as totally priestly.” Tuffi, formerly known as Stephanie, but renamed Tuffi by Tashi when … Read More
I said, “Hey, why don’t we get Tuffi to do our baptism?” “She’s not Catholic,” Victoria said. I said, “I know, but I think of her as totally priestly.” Tuffi, formerly known as Stephanie, but renamed Tuffi by Tashi when Tashi was just learning to speak, is one of Tashi’s God-moms. Tuffi presided over Tashi’s baby-naming and seemed like a total priest to me. Victoria said, “Someone Jewish can’t do a baptism.” I said, “Why not? It’s not like we can get a priest to do it.” Victoria said, “Why not?” And because she is pregnant and probably experiencing a little “mommy-brain,” I gave her the benefit of the doubt. I trusted that she was probably listening the other eight times we talked about the baptism but just forgot, so I told her again about how I met with Father Steven, in the Castro. About a month ago, I got this other priestly idea, which was to get the whole family baptized. I see it like this: I don’t want half my family to be part of something and the other half not a part of that something, even if it’s total voodoo and I don’t believe in it anyway. I mean, just in case there’s any power there, I might as well get some of it. Doesn’t matter to me whose God is providing it. There’s only one God anyway, we all know that. And since Tashi and I have not been baptized, I made an appointment with a priest to ask some questions. I was in San Francisco and thought if there is ever going to be a like-minded priest, a priest in the gayest neighborhood in America is MY priest. First thing he said to me, “So you want to become Catholic.” I was like, “No, no, no. I just want to be baptized.” Father Steven said that no priest would perform a baptism on somebody if that somebody wasn’t going to take on the teachings of Catholicism. The priest did say, and I told this to Victoria, that unlike marriage or first communion, anyone can perform a baptism. (For the full transcript of my conversation with Father Steven see previous post, Let’s Have a Baptism) Since then Victoria and I have had several conversations about making baptism our own thing. We’re creating our own religion here: A Judeo-Christian-Latina-Lesbiana religion of our own making. A religion of peace and harmony and who cares what other people think. That’s why I suggested that Tuffi be our priest. Victoria said, like this was all new to her, “Well, we at least have to get someone Catholic.” Ten years ago I read Anne Lamott’s book, Operating Instructions, but I still remember this line where Anne’s friend first learned that Adolf Hitler had a tormented childhood and the friend said, “I’ve had it with Hitler.” I’ve had it with religion.
Previously: Let's Have a Baptism/Bris