Religion takes back seat for civil baptism

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CIVIL CEREMONIES: Mayor Dolon announces plans for civil baptisms.

TORREVIEJA has announced an initiative to allow parents to carry out a civil baptism.

Mayor Jose Manuel Dolon (Greens) said it will take the form of a “welcome ceremony or presentation of their children to the community,” and is something that has already been introduced in other municipalities.

Dolon said he has consulted the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, and the Valencian Federation about how they are performing this type of ceremony in other municipalities, and has gathered information to put into practice in Torrevieja. The idea, he explained, “is that Torrevieja will join the current initiatives that are being offered in many Spanish municipalities. 

It is a result of the new relations between people, after having overcome the years of religious imposition. It meets the needs of families who, for their beliefs, cannot baptise their children in a formal religious ceremony.”

These civil baptisms would be presented in a symbolic act of recognition, welcoming children born in the city with ceremonies taking place in the town hall. 

He explained democratic values will be very present in this celebration, taking parts from the European Charter for Human Rights in the City, the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child and some articles of the Spanish Constitution.

The mayor pointed out that a plenary agreement to formalise this ceremony will be necessary and above all “to give continuity” for all future ceremonies.

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