A teenager said in a now-viral post that she recently performed a witch baptism on her Catholic aunt and now her aunt wants her to “undo” it.
The teen posted on the Reddit forum “Am I The A**hole” (AITA) under the username u/Vibing_Jellybean and asked, “AITA, if I refuse to ‘unbaptize’ my aunt?” The post has over 11,000 upvotes and received 1,400 comments applauding the teen’s “little revenge.”
In her post, the 14-year-old said her parents believe in “freedom of choice of religion.” But not her aunt.
“During my childhood, [my aunt] kept trying to pressure my mother to get me baptized. Whenever I was visiting [her]she would try to force Christianity on me,” wrote u/Vibing_Jellybean.
“I have recently developed an interest in herbs and plants. It kind of convinced her that I practice [witchcraft]. Now she constantly alternates between trying to “save” me and trying to make it a point [to avoid] me,” she continued.
Her younger brother, on the other hand, is friends with her cousin, so he spends a lot of time at her aunt’s house. During his last visit, her aunt decided to make an appointment with a priest, “Smith [their] Signature of the mother” and have him baptized. When he told her mother this, she confronted her aunt and a “screaming fight” ensued.
“[My aunt said] couldn’t believe that our mother was willingly condemning us to hell and that it was no wonder I had become a satanic witch. She HAD TO act because my mother obviously couldn’t be brought to her senses and someone had to save the boy,” said u/Vibing_Jellybean.
Angry, u/Vibing_Jellybean grabbed a pot, filled it with water and then dumped it over her aunt’s head.
“Then I explained that she was a witch and the legal wife of Satan,” said u/Vibing_Jellybean.
“She told me to undo what I did.
What is baptism?
The rite of Catholic baptism is a tradition “designed to purify away original sin and to symbolize rebirth into Christ,” LoveToKnow explained. “It is defined as the ceremony initiating a child (or adult) into the Catholic faith and membership in the Church, the sacred body of Christ’s people.”
A baptismal ceremony begins with the child being received into the church, followed by a scripture reading. Then “the priest blesses the baptismal water, asks the parents to forswear sin, and baptizes the child with water,” LoveToKnow said.
“The water represents the belief that sins can be washed away. It also represents new life, liberation from slavery and new beginnings,” the website continued, adding that the water is poured on the baby’s head three times.
Once this is done, the priest anoints the child with oil – “meaning the child is a Christian” – and the child is then dressed in a white christening gown. Finally, the priest says the Lord’s Prayer and blesses the child.
For baptism to be legitimate, the ceremony must be performed by a bishop, priest, or deacon. However, The Catholic Herald of Arlington says there are times when a layperson can perform “emergency baptism,” although such baptisms are “permissible only in very limited circumstances, such as when a person is in danger of death.”
As it turns out, the priest who performed the baptism of u/Vibing_Jellybean’s brother wasn’t “legitimate,” just someone that u/Vibing_Jellybean’s aunt found online. With that in mind, u/Vibing_Jellybean’s mom has decided to put the whole ordeal behind her to “get her sister off her back.”
At first u/Vibing_Jellybean’s mom wanted her to apologize to her aunt and “undo” the witch baptism, but now she doesn’t care. Redditors, on the other hand, found the witch baptism hilarious and agreed that u/Vibing_Jellybean’s aunt totally deserved it.
“You’re a fun jellybean, kudos to you. Maybe she should have remembered that what goes around gets around. And sometimes it splatters,” wrote u/TimTam_the_Enchanter.
“I SHOUT I LOVE YOU MADE THIS,” exclaimed u/EffectiveComfort110.
“I’m fucking cackling over here. It’s just water – when she wants to throw a tantrum, auntie can be happy about the silly prize she won playing a silly game,” said u/TheDarkilingThrush.
u/MissAnth added: “You are NTA [not the a**hole]. And you are hilarious. You could post this on r/pettyrevenge.”
news week asked u/Vibing_Jellybean for a comment.
Other viral moments
On Friday, commentators applauded a man for taking back his daughter’s wedding deposit after being told he couldn’t walk her down the aisle.
On Thursday, Redditors supported a woman who said she wants her unemployed husband to live with his parents until he finds a job.
And on Tuesday, the internet blasted a father for not wanting to participate in his daughter’s hobbies because he has “no interest” in them.