My husband's former church asked us to have our son "dedicated" our church"Catholic" will baptize a child. What is the difference? If a child is dedicated will they be baptized later?Answer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 7:56 PM on May. 10, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by sstokes86 at 8:05 PM on May. 10, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 8:08 PM on May. 10, 2010
Answer by sstokes86 at 8:09 PM on May. 10, 2010
Answer by sstokes86 at 8:10 PM on May. 10, 2010
I can't say for sure but it sounds like your former church does not believe in infant baptism and this is their way of dedicating your child to God in the way they believe. They may baptise them again, but the Catholic church believes in one baptism. So you need to decide what you want for your child and what you and your dh believe and follow that.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 8:44 PM on May. 10, 2010
The difference between baptism and a dedication is that one is a sacrament (an outward sign given to us by Christ as a means of experiencing His grace) and one is ritual of parents dedicating their child to God. Those denominations who perform infant baptism generally view baptism as something God does for us (not something we do for God). Those who dedicate infants generally view baptism something a person does after they've choosen to accept Christ. So basically it comes down to a different understanding of what baptism is. The article "Infant Baptism" explains the concept from the Catholic point of view.
Answer by eringobrough at 10:08 PM on May. 10, 2010
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