Oscar Wilde Baptised at St. Mark's Church, Dublin

Wilde was baptised at St. Mark's church, with the records later being moved to the nearby St. Ann's church. His mother was not necessarily a Catholic herself, but nonetheless felt that her boys should be baptised into the church. Wilde's relationship with religion was off and on: during his time at Oxford, he considered becoming a Catholic priest, but obviously didn't go through with it. In 1877, he reports a meeting with Pope Pius IX that thoroughly impressed him. Perhaps most vitally, just before his death, he saw a Catholic priest and requested to be recieved into the church. His feelings about the Catholic church are especially interesting considering his sexuality, which would have been demonized by that same religion.

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circa. 1856

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