Tag Archives: baptism

QUAERITUR: conferring baptism using another person’s hand

A few people asked me today via email about the validity of a baptism wherein someone used the hand of a dead person to pour the water, someone moving the hand.
A rare scenario, of course, and one that is surely … Continue reading

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Judge or theologian? Court determines child cannot be baptized.

This from “down under“.
Mum loses biblical row in court
by: Shelley Hadfield From: Herald Sun
A COURT has been forced to intervene in a bitter dispute between estranged parents over whether their seven-year-old daughter should be baptised.
A magistrate decided she could not … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Valid matter, water, for baptism

From a reader:
Several months ago, we attended a violin recital in a Methodist church (did not attend their service) and the pastor announced that he would be doing a “beach baptism”, and I imagine that he used the salt water … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: How to do an emergency baptism.

From a reader:
It’s getting close to my wife’s due date, and since her pregnancy is considered high risk, I wanted to be prepared for every condition. If there is a need to preform an emergency baptism at the hospital when … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Validity of baptism when water touches only the hair – Fr Z rants

From a deacon:
I was wondering how safe it is to assume that water flowing over the hair along with the correct words constitutes a valid baptism. I ask because there were just 12 babies baptized in my parish and some … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Baptism booklet (Angelus Press, 2006)

A while back I fielded a question about the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism in the traditional form, using the older Rituale Romanum.  In that discussion the issue of booklets for the use of bystanders came up.
The nice people … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can a traditional rite of baptism be in English?

From a priest reader:
Please excuse my sending this request to you, but I have not been able to find an answer to my questions.
A couple have asked me to baptize their soon-to-be-born child, using the EF of Baptism.  I am … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Received baptism from SSPX – must I be conditionally baptized?

From a reader:
I write inquiring about the validity of my baptism at the SSPX.
I approached the Roman Catholic Parish in our area and inquired about this matter. The parish priest told me that i will be given a conditional … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Baptisms in Advent

From a reader:
Our fifth child is due on November 24.  To allow for the possibility that he might be late, we attempted to schedule a private baptism on Gaudete Sunday. My pastor says that no baptisms can be celebrated during … Continue reading

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Who’s the important one?

Many prelates from around the world would stay at my residence in Rome when they would come for business with the Roman curia.  As a result, at mealtimes you would find yourself eating with Bp. X or Archbp. Y or … Continue reading

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