Question of the Day for Thursday, July 11, 2013
Baptism by Immersion
Q. What does the Catholic Church say about baptism by immersion?
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
Anyone who has visited the baptistery attached to one of Roman Catholicism’s historic churches will immediately realize that baptism by immersion was the norm for centuries. When the practice died out depends on the time and theological issues the Church may have been facing. If the Church’s theological opponents might have argued that baptism by immersion was the only valid form of baptism, Catholics would have maintained that any lesser celebration — so long as the baptismal water actually flowed over the head of the person being baptized — sufficed for the validity of the sacrament.
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