Question of the Day for Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Baptism by Grandma
Q. Some of my good Catholic friends say they baptized their grandchildren because they were so worried, as I am. I am refraining, but were these baptisms true for these children? Where do we find a satisfactory answer that these children’s souls will go to heaven if they die without being baptized?
Arlene, via e-mail
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
I am assuming that the parents of the grandchildren did not want to have their children baptized, therefore your good Catholic friends took the matter into their own hands. They should not baptize children without the parents’ permission, but once they are baptized, I doubt they need to be baptized again.
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