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ASK FATHER: Multiple priests for baptism of more than one child

From a priest:
I have a multiple child Baptism coming up. My question is if one priest can supply all the various ceremonies and multiple priests celebrate the Baptism proper for the various children in the older Rituale?
Hmmm… no, not really.  … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are “butt baptisms” valid?

From a priest…
QUAERTUR:
Are partial immersion baptisms valid?
Where the baby is dipped up to the waist 3x, with valid words of baptism spoken.
Here’s the deal.
The “proximate matter” of baptism is ablution. This means physical contact of the water and the person’s body. The … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When should babies be baptized?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
This subject comes up constantly in Catholic mom groups online. I would love your take on it.
Canon 867 §1. Parents are obliged to take care that infants are baptized in the first few weeks; as soon as possible … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Baptized but never lived as a Catholic, soon to marry

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
A cousin of mine was baptised in the Catholic Church as an infant to fulfill the wishes of persistent grandparents. But was in no way raised in the Church and never recieved any other sacraments – is she … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Emergency Baptism “in utero”

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
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…
QUAERITUR:
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

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
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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