.- Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez of Toledo, Spain is defending baptism's âyes to lifeâ in the face of the culture of death.
In a Jan. 9 homily, Archbishop Rodriguez spoke of the culture of death, explaining that it manifests itself in: Drug use, lies, fraud, injustice, contempt for others, and contempt for showing solidarity âwith the poor and those who suffer.â
The culture of death is also seen in sexuality when it is understood as sheer fun without responsibility, he said. He added that this leads people to see each other as objects rather than as persons.
Archbishop Rodriguez then remarked that man is being turned into âmerchandise and pure objects.â
âTo this apparent happiness we must say âno,â in order to cultivate the culture of life,â he added. The âyesâ of Christians at baptism, from apostolic times until today, is a great âyes to life,â the archbishop continued.
âThis is our âyesâ to Christ, our âyesâ to the victor over death and our âyesâ to life in time and in eternity.â
For this reason, he explained, the âyesâ in the rite of baptism expresses three beliefsâin God the creator, in Christ, and in the communion of the Church. The ânoâ is also three-foldâno to temptation, to sin and to the devil, the archbishop said.
Archbishop Rodriguez made his comments after three children received baptism at the Cathedral of Toledo.