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If I was baptized Catholic but later converted to Mormonism, is my baptism still valid?


Full Question

I was baptized Catholic as an infant. When I was 13, my adopted mother converted me to Mormonism. I recently resigned my Mormon membership; does my original baptism still stand in the Catholic Church?

Answer

Your original Catholic baptism was permanent and nothing—not even subsequent Mormon baptism—can change that fact. “Baptism seals the Christian with the indelible spiritual mark (character) of his belonging to Christ. No sin can erase this mark, even if sin prevents baptism from bearing the fruits of salvation. Given once for all, baptism cannot be repeated" (CCC 1272).










39 comments

  1. patrick Reply

    so sorry but u did not answer the question directly.i need to know if that type of baptism is the right one to do and whether if it done as an infant or until one is an adult.

    1. andrew Reply

      yes… your baptism during infant is still valid to the church

      1. George Riveros Reply

        It is valid to the Catholic Church but not for God.

    2. Lydia Reply

      Your original Catholic baptism was permanent and nothing—not even subsequent Mormon baptism—can change that fact. “Baptism seals the Christian with the indelible spiritual mark (character) of his belonging to Christ. No sin can erase this mark, even if sin prevents baptism from bearing the fruits of salvation. Given once for all, baptism cannot be repeated" (CCC 1272).

      1. George Riveros Reply

        Lydia, you are wrong. You need to read The Bible more often and deeper.

    3. Diana Reply

      infant baptism isnt Biblical. If you are a Christian then get baptised now as an adult, that’s what God tells us to do. Whether you were sprinkled as a baby is irrelevant.

  2. Marlon Verano Vicente Reply

    The Catholic Baptism (infant or adult) is the right one to do. The Catholic baptism is Trinitarian i.e. invoking the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is valid when done on infants or on adults.

  3. mary Reply

    Yes thats true catholic baptism no body cant erase the permanent seals…I have seen many people…

  4. Ray Mongrain Reply

    If the Catholic church says a person can’t commit a sin until the age of reason (thought to be 6 years of age), how can an act taken without the decision of the person be valid and forever? When the person makes the personal decision for baptism then that is a valid act, the act of baby baptism is just something to make the parents feel good and a way for the church to try to keep the child under their thumb. I was born Catholic and left the church when I was 18 and started to question some of the teachings. The final answer I got from the church was “if I want to be a ,member of the club, I had to follow the rules of the club”. I left the club on that day and haven’t looked back. today I am free of the Catholic guilt and allow myself to be spiritual without fear what others in the “club” might think.

    1. Jerry Sanchez Reply

      I don’t usually reply, but felt spiritually that I should. I’m sorry that you question the Catholic faith. I feel you are looking for an excuse to not follow your Catholic religion. You may not want to admit that when you were baptized as an infant. You were and are a Baptized Catholic.

      1. Peter Christopher Reply

        You are outside the catholic church not because you can not build yourself spiritually but because may be you did not give yourself to know about the church and it’s teaching. Sorry try to get some books and read, then may be you will realised what you are looking for in catholic.

  5. MaryAnn Collier Spence Reply

    Regardless of what Church you were Baptized in Catholic, Baptist, or any other, you can only be baptized once, it should be good in any church. So if you change religions, you do not need another Baptism!!

    1. Jerry Sanchez Reply

      Correct, the main line church’s that believe in the Trinity.

    2. Margarett C. Zavodny Reply

      Only if the correct matter (water) and form (Trinitarian) with the proper intent were used. Mormons do not believe in a Trinitarian God so their baptism is not valid.

      1. Gerry Kenny Reply

        Mormons are not Christian so indeed their baptism is not valid just like JW and Salvation Army.

        1. Kathie Reply

          Gerry, you are mistaken. The official name of the Mormon church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Mormons are indeed Christians! The Book of Mormon, which is another book of scripture written by ancient prophets and similar in content to the teachings of the Bible, mentions the name of Jesus Christ far more times than the Bible ever does! The last page of the Book of Mormon states: “Yea, come unto Christ, and to be perfected in Him, and deny yourself of all ungodliness…”
          Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone of the Mormon Church!

      2. Siobhan Harper Reply

        I understand the Catholic Church’s stand regarding the invalidity of Mormon baptism. However, as one who was baptized as a Mormon (I later converted to Catholicism), I can say authoritatively that Mormons baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and use the immersion method.

  6. Steve Reply

    Hey, i received catholic baptism when i was a child, and i never get the communion. What can do now to get it .please need answers

    1. Mary Darby Reply

      Steve, you should contact your local parish about joining the next RCIA class. This will prepare you for First Communion and Confirmation that you will receive at the Easter Vigil. You will probably need to wait until the new, 2015 RCIA class starts, which is usually in September of the year. RCIA will require that you attend weekly classes, for about 6 months to prepare you the Easter Vigil. It is a very rewarding experience; you will learn a lot and gain some lasting friendships. Good luck to you and God Bless!

    2. Dee Reply

      Steve talk to some one in your catholic church. The priest or the person who teaches RCIA. I was in your position for a long time before talking to someone about that. Last year, after 5 or 6 years of going to church regularly, I received did my first reconciliation and had taken communion for the first time. I also completed one of the sacraments which was confirmation. Hope this helps

    3. diane Dawes Reply

      Steve, God bless you! You need to speak to your local parish priest about this. God is leading you….follow.

    4. Ines Torres Reply

      Steve, my Fiance and I were in a similar position. In the end of September or early October our church began RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). This is a class (if you will) which you will have to attend from Oct-May. They usually convene once a week. After Easter you will receive your Communion and your Confirmation. If someone has not been baptized they they will receive all the sacraments during Easter Vigil.

      In my case, I was baptized as baby. My mother suffered from Alzheimer and could not remember where I baptized and no one in my family could remember either. I only had a photo. So after advisement from my church I had a conditional baptism. I also received all my sacraments.

      This was the a special experience for me since my Fiance was also baptized at the same time.

      I hope this helps you. Start by talking to your church.

    5. Peggy Reply

      You can go to any Catholic church and talk to the priest. If you’ve had no religious education in the church he may ask you to enroll in classes, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).

  7. Diana V Hernandez Reply

    @ Steve, did you make your First Communion…… You need to talk to your priest about taking classes to do so… It’s really easy…

  8. Denise M. Reply

    You will need to contact your parish office and make an appointment with the priest to discuss it. He will most like tell you that you will need to go complete your sacraments through the RCIA process.

  9. keda smith Reply

    Steve if you are baptised into the church all you need to do is see your priest about being confirmed and receiving your first Holy Communion. Simple. God Blessings be upon you 🙂

  10. janet davis Reply

    You can return by just making an appointment with a priest and telling him your dilemma. I left the church for almost eight years and returned recently. The healing process is still occurring.

  11. Christine Reply

    RAywhat must be understood is that, as Catholics, we believe that Baltism has an effect. It is the cause that makes a change. In other faiths, it is the effect; the result of something else, evidence of ones change of heart.

  12. Christine Reply

    We do good things for our children; we don’t wait for them to choose to be vaccinated, to learn to read, go to school or eat their vegetables.
    Baptism imparts protection through the Holy Spirit, spiritually preparing the child for growth in the family of God!

    1. Ann Reply

      Christine, Agree 100%

  13. ada Reply

    my nephew was never baptized… i still fear for him.. what if he never does…

    1. Jerry Sanchez Reply

      Don’t worry the Baptism of desire and fire are completely valid.

  14. Jasem Sabarre Reply

    It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they are fooled.

  15. Ramchuingam Reply

    Enter your comment here…I want to ask something frenzz please answer me that if a Catholic girl is baptist and she is married a American Baptist guy n baptist again is rit or wrong?????? is really need to baptist again????

  16. VG Reply

    I come from a Buddhist country. I was born a Catholic but my best friend was Buddhist. She died recently.She was an extremely good person. Is there no chance that I will see her in Heaven, just because she was not baptized through no fault of her own?

    1. Gerry Kenny Reply

      You will see her do not worry…God is all love!!

  17. Brenden Basumatary Reply

    I believe baptism 100% and I am happening with baptism child of God, thanks be to God. Amen.

  18. flora Reply

    Holy sprit is a spritual gift from God and no second gift he says born by the water not for sin sinners r born again by confese their sin.

    1. Yvonne Reply

      From my understanding, yes, your baptism in the catholic church is still valid. They do not believe in more than one baptism.

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