Tag Archives: baptism

ASK FATHER: Emergency Baptism “in utero”

From a reader…
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Recently, a baby in Texas was temporarily removed from her mother’s womb for life saving spine surgery. After the 20 minute surgery, the baby was returned to the womb, and was born healthy several months later. (Truly a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a Permanent Deacon perform a Baptism according to the Old Rite?

From a permanent deacon…
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Can a Permanent Deacon perform a Baptism according to the Old Rite? I would be using the booklet entitled “Baptism” published by Angelus Press.
My old pastor, the late Msgr. Richard Schuler, used to tell a story about … Continue reading

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Are you a Sponsor for a Confirmand? Will you be one? Food for thought.

Many of you out there are godparents or sponsors for confirmands (from Latin confirmandus… “someone about to be confirmed”. Some of are are about to take on this responsibility.
Yes, this is a “responsibility”.
Sometimes you may be asked by the less … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Family member baptized children without parents knowledge

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I recently learned that one of my family members took the initiative to illicitly baptize two “infants” (one under the age of one and the other almost 4 years old) herself because my brother refused to have his … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z reviews and rants on important points about VALID baptism

Because Easter is a special time for baptizing, I hereunder assemble some observations from past ASK FATHER Question Box responses about baptism and validity.
INITIAL RANT: 
Bishops would do well to quiz priests, and seminarians before ordination as deacons, about how to baptize.  Some … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest only baptizes babies by full immersion and without clothes (… on the baby)

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My daughter and son-in-law (a Lutheran, and a good man finding his way home) are taking classes in preparation for the baptism our granddaughter who will be born in April. She has been told that all baptisms are done … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Baptism with slight separation of matter and form… valid? Am I baptized?

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I was born to Southern Baptist parents and baptized at age 7 by immersion. I clearly remember standing waist-high in a pool of water… the Baptist minister pronounced the Trinitarian formula and AFTER WHICH, he immersed me. (YouTube … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father denies Communion to girl who was “rebaptized”

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My daughter attended a Christian Youth Camp this summer with her girl friends. She asked me if she could renew her baptism vows in Lake [removed]. [Renew “vows” or “promises”?  We do that at Easter.  But… in a lake? … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What constitutes solid baptism prep?

From a reader…
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What constitutes solid “prep” for parents of an infant to be baptized?
I (34, married, 4 kids) have been charged by our pastor with prepping the parents (one Catholic, one non, first child) of an infant to be baptized … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest who baptizes any baby brought to him

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I know of a local Ukrainian Catholic priest who baptizes any Catholic baby (whether Roman or Eastern Rite) who is brought to him by their parents (whether or not the parents knew of this priest or if a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession before conversion

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I just read through your “ASK FATHER: Can non-Catholics go to confession?” post. For me, as a convert who was validly Baptized outside the Church, and because I had a horrific first Confession experience, it begs the question of when those … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can’t find a confirmed godparent within the family

From a reader…
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My wife and I are going to have our third child in November. We are having a hard time finding someone in the family to be our child’s Godparents when we baptize him/her.
THE PROBLEM
Our main problem is basically … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is baptism by fake women ‘priests’ valid?

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While discussing the ecclesial status of someone baptized by an SSPX priest (is the newly baptized person Catholic?), I had a troubling thought: what about someone who is baptized by a Catholic woman who has pretended to be ordained as a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Miscarried babies and heaven

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Does a miscarriage baby go to heaven if not baptized?
One of God’s greatest attributes is His mercy. We read in the letter of James 2:13, that mercy triumphs over judgment. Mercy is a reflection of His being Almighty.
We … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Delaying baptism until after Lent

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The pastoral associate at our NO parish makes a point of insisting every year that we don’t do Baptisms during Lent, supposedly as a way of showing unity with the Catechumens. A couple of years ago, for my daughter that … Continue reading

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