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The Pope Says Kids Should Have Christian Names

Did You Adhere to Religious Guidelines in Naming Your Baby?

The pope doesn't like my name; should my parents have cared? In second grade, I was pulled out of (but later allowed back in) the First Communion practice line when the teachers realized that I wasn't named after a saint. I had to laugh when I saw my moniker in the list of those to avoid in a recent Reuters report.

It seems that the pope upset some Italian parents and fed the press when he said that every Catholic child should be given a Christian name after a baptism ceremony at the Vatican this past weekend. He said it is "an unequivocal sign that the Holy Spirit gives a rebirth to people in the womb of the Church." Modern parents have gotten quite creative in naming their children; how important do you think it is to adhere to religious rules?

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lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
it's not like the Pope or any Catholic says you have to use Christian names; he was just saying that the name you choose for your chiild can greatly impact the kind of person they are and that a Catholic should consider that. stop making up things to try to make Catholics look bad! most Catholics would probably agree that giving your child a tradition or traditionally Christian (by the way, if any of you didn't know; Catholics are Christians) name is a good idea, but it isn't a rule. I already have my kids' names picked out and, while I love and hope to use two more traditional names - James and Anna, I also really like the name Penelope. anyhoo, my point is that, while I don't think, nor is the Pope or any Catholic leader saying, anyone has to use traditional Christian names; parents should be smart and cosiderate of what names mean and what people can take away from those names...
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
I'm an atheist, yet my daughter has a Biblical name (Elizabeth).
amber512 amber512 6 years
While a name has nothing to do with my personal religion, I can't really judge what is important in another one.
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