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If I don’t have access to the sacraments, can I baptize myself or will I be damned?

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There is no Catholic Church in my country as the government is very hostile to the Vatican. As a result, I’m not baptized nor can I receive any sacrament. But I hold the Catholic faith and have repented of my sins. Can I baptize myself? And can I confess my sins directly to God? Or am I going to hell?


While you cannot baptize yourself, rest assured that if you should die with no opportunity for baptism, your desire for it will suffice. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains in such cases, “the desire for Baptism… brings about the fruits of Baptism without being a sacrament” (CCC 1258). Similarly, your lack of access to the Sacrament of Penance need not exclude you from God’s forgiveness. The Catechism explains:

Among the penitent’s acts contrition occupies first place. Contrition is sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again. 
When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called "perfect" (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible. (CCC 1451-1452)

Never underestimate God’s desire for everyone’s salvation and His willingness to forgive the truly repentant! You are in our prayers.


  1. Georges Kawkabany Reply

    Up to my knowledge any Catholic in your country can baptize you with water..

  2. Julie Reply

    Can we baptize a grand child ourselves, if the parents are not going too

  3. David Oatney Reply

    Any PERSON can baptize in an emergency, using water and the formula “N., I baptize you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

  4. Jessica Reply

    Any person can baptize ANOTHER person. NO person can bestow grace upon him/herself.

  5. Robert Roud Reply

    Your salvation is from Christ not baptism, remember the thief being crucified with Christ? saved by faith. You should be baptized as a outward sign of being born again even Jesus insisted on it from John because it was proper but FAITH saves.

  6. Susie Pennington Reply

    Baptize yourself???? Is that even Biblical NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  7. Susie Pennington Reply

    While you cannot baptize yourself, if you should die with no opportunity for baptism, the desire for it will suffice??? OK where does it say that in the Bible? Oh I know, Nowhere

  8. Philip Mullan Reply

    Romans 10 v 13 states “whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
    Acts 16v31 answers the question “what must I do to be saved?’ – Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. Baptism is the outward demonstration of the inward change which happens when a person trusts Christ as their Saviour – See Romans 6. It doesn’t bring that change. Repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus alone does.

    And Susie Pennington can I kindly point you towards 2 Timothy 2:24-25?

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