On June 23rd 1858, the papal police arrived at the Mortara residence to take into custody a child named, Edgardo Mortara. Why? Because five years prior, he had been secretly baptized by a Christian nanny, named Anni Morisi. So, they took him. And the Pope Piux IX himself treated Edgardo as his child.
The child was catholic and his parents were Jewish. For Roman Catholics, this was insufferable because the child was catholic because of his baptism; of course, Edgardo nor his parents had any idea that he was Roman Catholic. Romanus Cessario explains, “Except for the solicitude of Blessed Pope Pius IX, the Mortara child may never have learned of his baptism.” One wonders if Roman Catholics have missed something in their doctrine of baptism! [Read more…] about That Time Piux IX Sanctioned the (Legal) Kidnapping of a Child