Why can anyone administer baptism?

By December 4, 2014 2 Comments

Full Question

I don’t understand why the faithful are allowed to baptize one another. What makes this sacrament different from the others that an ordained priest does not have to administer it?


The ordinary ministers of baptism (in other words, the people ordinarily expected to perform baptism) are priests and deacons. Because baptism is ordinarily necessary for salvation (John 3:5; CCC 1257), in life-and-death situations in which a priest or deacon is not available, anyone—including Catholics, non-Catholics, non-Christians, and non-theists—may baptize so long as they do so in the correct manner and with the correct intention (to baptize).


  • Leolaydz says:

    This is true, during life and death situation baptism from a person when a priest is unavailable can be done because baptism is very necessary for our salvation!

  • Tina says:

    What are specific scriptures used during baptismal ceremonies? What is an example of a special prayer during a last minute baptismal needed prior to someone dying?

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