RBC 30-31: Adapting for Other Circumstances

With this post, we conclude our look at the introduction to the RBC. Some local adaptations are described:

30. If baptism is celebrated during Mass on weekdays, it is arranged in basically the same way as on Sunday, but the readings for the liturgy of the word may be taken from those that are provided in the rite of baptism (nos. 44, 186-194, 204-215).

31. In accordance with the General Introduction no. 34, the minister may make some adaptations in the rite as circumstances require, such as:

  1. If the child’s mother died in childbirth, this should be taken into account in the opening instruction (no. 36), general intercessions (nos. 47, 217-220), and final blessing (nos. 70, 247-248).
  2. In the dialogue with the parents (nos. 37-38, 76-77), their answers should be taken into account: if they have not answered Baptism, but Faith, or The grace of Christ, or Entrance into the Church, or Everlasting life, then the minister does not begin by saying Baptism, but uses Faith, or The grace of Christ, and so forth.

The rite of bringing a child already baptized to the church (nos. 165-185), which has been drawn up for use only when the child has been baptized in danger of death, should be adapted to cover other contingencies, for example, when children have been baptized during a time of religious persecution or temporary disagreement between the parents.

Or disagreements between the parents and grandparents, more usually.

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3 Responses to RBC 30-31: Adapting for Other Circumstances

  1. Tom Moriarty says:

    My grand child was recently baptized His aunt (one of my daughters)was a godparent and the mother’s girl friend was the other. According to your blog the baby may have one or two God parents but not two of the same gender, which was the case in this instance. Further the friend is Jewish, and the priest knew it. The lady however is very caring and flattered to be asked to be a god parent. Her attitude is i will take care of him like a Jewish auntie, and see to it that he has a Catholic upbringing, but obviously i will not do the teaching itself. That will be left to others. i might add this lady is very,very rich, and there is no doubt that she will see to it that the baby attends all the right programs.
    But this is the first time that I have heard of a non-Catholic being a god parent, no matter how well intentioned. Also when i mentioned it to someone else at the Baptism they said she is not really an official godparent but rather is fulfilling another role with a different title.
    Can you explain?

  2. Todd says:

    As for the Jewish friend, I don’t know if she would have been entered as a “Christian witness” out of ignorance of the minister of baptism–if he didn’t ask, he may not know. She may also have been included in the ceremony in a public way without the ecclesiastical recording by the parish. I have no other explanation.

    • Tom Moriarty says:

      He knew she was not Catholic, and I assume he knew she was Jewish. She mentioned to me that this was the second time she had stood up as a (Godparent)guardian. The first time was in a baptsim done during Mass. She has no problem seeing that the children have a “strong” Catholic education. (her words). Both my wife and i liked her very much and believe what she said she will do, and we are staunch conservative Catholics.

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