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Baptized twice?

Is it okay to baptize your child twice if families live in different areas? (in the catholic church)

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:09 PM on Sep. 1, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I think you'll have to check with your church on that one. The churches keep records of all babies baptized in their facility. I don't know what they would say if there were two churches listed ....
    ap9902

    Answer by ap9902 at 9:10 PM on Sep. 1, 2009

  • sure there is no rule on how often you get baptized. It would mean a lot ot both branches of the family if they get to see it
    mamak57

    Answer by mamak57 at 9:13 PM on Sep. 1, 2009

  • Sorry, that's not possible. Only one baptism per person. Catholics even recognize the baptism of other Christian churches if they're done in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit with the correct understanding of the Trinity. So when my husband, who was baptized Methodist, converted to Catholicism he wasn't baptized again. He Methodist baptism was valid. But you could have two parties to celebrate the baptism, maybe one baptism and one blessing...
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:16 PM on Sep. 1, 2009

  • eringobrough~i believe your answer....but i have a question, and since you know a lot of the RCC maybe you could answer it (as you have before:) why were my husband and i told by a priest that if our older child were to be baptized in another denomination (that most certainly does it in the name of father, son, holy spirit) that it would not be valid in the RCC and she would need to be baptized there, so as to be baptized "into the Church" (meaning RCC) as he put it? one of our children who is 12 has said she wanted to be baptized in my denomination, but we were told that by my husbands priest, and so now DH will not allow her to do that...is there a stipulation or something im not aware of?
    ivelostmyself

    Answer by ivelostmyself at 1:51 AM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • If someone is baptized in any protestant demonination (in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit) and want to convert to Catholicism, they do not need to be re-baptized. Baptism puts a permanent mark on a persons soul. They might only need Confirmation to come into full communion w/ the Church, and if a priest mentions re-baptism he is wrong. Maybe he is mistaken/didn't understand the question being asked.

    Many times, though, protestants do not recognize baptisms from other denominations, including Catholicism. A friend of mine was baptized in the Catholic church, but converted to Methodist and had to be re-baptized. But if a Methodist were to become Catholic, they do not need to be re-baptized.

    An older child (older than 2nd grade) who wants to be Catholic should spend their first year of religious education (Sunday School/CCD) in RCIC. Ad adult who wants to convert should attend RCIA.
    flatlanderjenn

    Answer by flatlanderjenn at 9:17 AM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • I also want to say that a persons Baptismal Record is located at the parish where he/she was baptized. So if Parish B wants proof of the baptism, the parent, or Parish B, can ask Parish A for the record to be faxed.

    All our future sacraments are recorded in the parish we were baptised. I was baptized at Immaculate Conception Parish, but received the sacraments of Confirmation & Matrimony at St Margaret Mary Parish. St Margaret Marys faxed my sacrament info to Immaculate Conception Parish to record and keep there.

    A person doesn't need to be baptized in two different parishes.
    flatlanderjenn

    Answer by flatlanderjenn at 9:19 AM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • you only baptize twice when you change your religion.
    lawla

    Answer by lawla at 10:33 AM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • eringobrough~iwhy were my husband and i told by a priest that if our older child were to be baptized in another denomination (that it would not be valid in the RCC and she would need to be baptized there, so as to be baptized "into the Church" (meaning RCC) as he put it?


    I'm not exactly sure, because that's not quite the case.  One exception I can think of is the LDS/Mormon church which baptizes in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit but do not have the proper understanding of the Trinity (they view it as three separate beings instead of One Being with Three Persons) so their baptisms are not valid in the Catholic Church.


    However, having a valid baptism doesn't mean that she can receive other Catholic sacraments.  So maybe that's what the priest meant  (Continued)

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:46 AM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • So even though her baptism is valid and she doesn't need to be rebaptized, if the baptism wasn't done in the Catholic Church then she's not considered Catholic and so couldn't receive other sacraments like Holy Communion at Mass. If she was baptized Catholic she could. If not then she has to go through classes like the RCIC (the 'conversion' classes for children) so that she has the proper understanding of Catholic teachings and an understanding of the Eucharist.

    Baptism is the first step of becoming Catholic. There are 3 "sacraments of inititaion" - Baptism, Eucharist and then Confirmation. One someone receives all three they are fully initiatied Catholics. Often it's a progessive thing. So if your daughter wanted to be Catholic and receive the sacraments she would need to be baptized Catholic to start or then attend the classes and receive the other two sacraments. Hope that helps.
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:50 AM on Sep. 2, 2009

  • For Catholics baptism actually does somethings for us. Baptism is something God does for us, not something we do for God. Baptism washes away sins (original sin for infants, actual sin for others), it marks us part of the New Convenant with God, it gives us the infusion of the Holy Spirit. For Catholic baptism is much more than just a symbol. Picture that when someone is baptized it puts a permanent mark on their soul - nothing can take that mark away since it is freely given to us by God. So once the mark is there, there's no need to do baptism again.
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:56 AM on Sep. 2, 2009

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