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Baptism: Man’s Birth into Divine Life

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Baptism

Baptism [Please also see Steve Brandt’s oroughly informative piece on infant baptism.] In Sacred Scripture The emphasis in each passage is, of course, added. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (John 3:5) Mark 16 14 Afterward he appeared to …

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Why does the Catholic Church baptize infants, who have no understanding of what is taking place?

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Baptism

he Catholic Church baptizes infants because Christ wills it. He must will it because He said, “Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come to me.” (Matt. 19:14). According to the Apostle Paul, one cannot truly come to Christ except through Baptism. (Rom. 6:3-4). Christ must will it because the Apostles baptized “all …

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The Bible says that after Christ was baptized He “came out of the water” (Matt. 3:16), indicating that He was baptized by total immersion. Why doesn’t the Catholic Church also baptize by total immersion instead of by pouring on the head?

May 4, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Baptism

The Catholic Church usually baptizes by pouring: 1) because water sufficient for total immersion is not readily obtainable in some localities, 2) because total immersion would be cruel for babies, fatal for some sick people and impossible for some prison inmates, and 3) because the Apostles baptized by pouring. In the Didache, composed by the …

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