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Are there any pre-Vatican II Catholics out there?

What was the purpose of slapping the kid at confirmation?

and please keep the bashing for another post.

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Kattykitten

Asked by Kattykitten at 7:49 PM on Oct. 1, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I was never slapped at my Confirmation and neither was my mom and she is almost 60. I have no idea what the purpose of slapping a child would be. I would have serious issues if the Bishop slapped my child, religious purpose or not.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:59 PM on Oct. 1, 2009

  • Vatican II happened before I was confirmed - but the idea of slapping somone at Confirmation was to remind them of the persecution they will have to suffer for Christ. And it wasn't a big slap where one ends up with a red mark or anything - it was more a pat on the cheek. And it's a custom/tradition/discpline so it wasn't done with every Catholic Confirmation.
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:06 PM on Oct. 1, 2009

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