Tag Archives: baptism

QUAERITUR: May the pascal candle be used at EF baptisms?

NB: In a comment below, a participant posted some points about when the paschal candle may be used in the Extraordinary Form.  Don’t just read my answer and then move on without also reading that comment.  You will know which … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Baptism outside one’s parish

From a priest: After 17 years as a priest I’m surprised I can’t track down an answer to this, but even our diocesan faculties booklet is unclear. A priest of our diocese baptized an infant whose parents are registered in … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: The “Churching” of Women after childbirth

From a reader: Can the Churching ritual be performed directly after the baptism, or should it be done on a different day? I ask this for clarity, as this will be the priest’s first time performing a baptism in the … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Are Mormons Christians?

From a reader: I have a friend who is Mormon and she claims that they are indeed Christian but something in me says they are not. She claims that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and her Lord and … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can I be godfather to child of a former-Catholic, now Orthodox?

From a reader: A childhood friend of mine formerly a catholic “converted” to an Eastern Orthodox Church to get married. Now they are expecting their first child and have asked me to stand as sponsor for their child in their … Continue reading

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American Bishop receives kudos from the Pope for reordering sacraments

This should cause some discussion! From CNA: Bishop Aquila receives Pope’s praise for reordering sacraments By David Kerr Rome, Italy, Mar 8, 2012 / 03:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo said he is delighted to have first-hand … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can parishes stop baptizing during Lent?

From a reader: Our pastor has a policy of no infant baptism during Lent. We have baby due prior to Ash Wednesday and would like to baptize son after. I am under impression canon law mandates infant baptism soon after … Continue reading

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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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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