Follow usTwitterFacebook

Latest

19 May 2016 Vatican Comments (1)

Catholics have filled the internet with venom and vitriol, says Vatican media advisor

Fr Thomas Rosica said many Catholics were guilty of character assassination and 'being against everyone and everything' Many Catholics on the internet are unch…

Read more

26 Feb 2016 Articles No comments

On that Stormy Sea of Life

Our Catholic Answers chaplain has an answer for every problem. Fr. Serpa directs anyone in suffering, difficulty, or doubt to contemplate the cross: "See ho…

Read more

16 Apr 2016 Articles No comments

Did the Vatican Outlaw "The Devil In Music?"

I’ve been playing in rock bands since about 1987, when my father bought me my first guitar. At the time, I was heavily influenced by heavy metal musicians…

Read more

24 Jul 2015 Articles Q&A Comments (10)

How can I overcome sin in my Christian life?

Answer: The Bible presents several different resources to aid us in our effort to overcome sin. In this lifetime, we will never be perfectly victorious over si…

Read more

21 Jan 2016 Q&A No comments

How do we sanctify the Lord's Day (Sunday and holy days)?

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church'   Sanctifying Sundays and holy days requires a common effort. Every Christian should avoid making un…

Read more

21 Mar 2016 News Vatican No comments

Pope Francis reflects on the lessons of Palm Sunday

Pope Francis presided at the Procession and Mass for Palm Sunday at St. Peter’s Square to usher in the Holy Week. Palm Sunday is one of the Church’s major ce…

Read more

08 Jul 2015 Articles No comments

RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THE COMMANDMENTS by POPE JOHN PAUL II

From the very lips of Jesus, the new Moses, man is once again given the commandments of the Decalogue.  Jesus himself definitively confirms them and proposes th…

Read more

14 Oct 2015 Europe News No comments

More scheming outside the synod? Soros foundation rep attends LGBT lobby event

Attendees at an LGBT activist event lobbying the Synod of Bishops included an official from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, one of the most influential …

Read more

17 Jan 2016 Articles Comments (1)

How to Make the Case for Marriage in the Catholic Church

Whether we like it or not, secularism is the dominant mode of public discourse today. Even those we encounter who are not "anti-faith" often place a high va…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

May I have my child baptized in the Church if I’m not yet Catholic?

  • Written by:
  • 1 Reply

Full Question

I am a candidate in the Catholic Church, and I would like to have my four-year-old daughter baptized. There may be quite a length of time between my initiation and being accepted into full communion with the Church. Am I permitted to ask this of the Church? Are there time restraints or requirements that may apply?

Answer

You are permitted to request baptism for your child even if you are not yet a Catholic. The Code of Canon Law states,

For the licit baptism of an infant it is necessary that: 1) the parents or at least one of them or the person who lawfully takes their place gives consent; 2) there be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion; if such a hope is altogether lacking, the baptism is to be put off according to the prescriptions of particular law and the parents are to be informed of the reason. (CIC 868 §1)

Your consent and the presence of a founded hope that the child will be raised Catholic are what is necessary for the baptism to take place. To establish that there is a founded hope of the child’s being raised Catholic, the priest that you talk to will likely have a number of questions and, depending on what stage of the process of joining you are at, may feel that a waiting period is appropriate to ensure that you are serious about this.

Depending on when you are scheduled to be received into the Church, it may make sense to have the baptism done at the same time as your reception, though there is no legal reason why this need be. It is a good idea, however, to have the child baptized soon so that the child will have the firmest possible Catholic identity.









wpsd_autopost:
1

1 comment

  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Well at least they aren’t kidnapping them anymore. Google “Edgardo Mortara.”

    The Church understands the importance of indoctrinating children before they learn critical thinking.

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories