Friday, February 29, 2008

Baptized Catholic Lately?

Well, better check the script used by your baptizer. Seriously.

Made public today were the responses of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to two questions concerning the validity of Baptism conferred with certain non-standard formulae.

The first question is: "Is a Baptism valid if conferred with the words 'I baptise you in the name of the Creator, and of the Redeemer, and of the Sanctifier', or 'I baptise you in the name of the Creator, and of the Liberator, and of the Sustainer'"?

The second question is: "Must people baptised with those formulae be baptised 'in forma absoluta'?"

The responses are: "To the first question, negative; to the second question, affirmative"

In other words, (regarding the second question) the baptism was NOT valid and must be done again.

With the proper formula.


Roma locuta est, causa finita est.

HT: In the Light


Anonymous said...


GOR said...

Yes, see Fr. Finigan's (The Hermeneutic of Continuity) explanation of the consequences of invalid Baptism. He refers to an Australian diocese where this was being done, on and off, for 27 years.

A LOT of consequences for a lot of people who have been denied the benefits of not just Baptism, but all subsequent Sacraments.