If ever there were evidence needed to call into question the practice of infant baptism, it can be found in France. Today.
In France, an elderly man is fighting to make a formal break with the Catholic Church. He’s taken the church to court over its refusal to let him nullify his baptism, in a case that could have far-reaching effects. Seventy-one-year-old Rene LeBouvier’s parents and his brother are buried in a churchyard in the tiny village of Fleury in northwest France. He himself was baptized in the Romanesque stone church and attended mass here as a boy. LeBouvier says this rural area is still conservative and very Catholic, but nothing like it used to be. Back then, he says, you couldn’t even get credit at the bakery if you didn’t go to mass every Sunday.
If he hadn’t been baptized before he was able to decide for himself, he wouldn’t need to ask to have his baptism undone. This is precisely why infant baptism is inappropriate. Until a person desires it, it remains a meaningless exercise in futility.