More On The Baptism Thing

Maybe the Google is watching me quite closely, but I’m seeing a lot of secular news items in my feeds on “invalid baptisms.” This one, too, in which Fr Thomas Reese assesses the CDF decision simply enough:

I think it’s nuts.

Maybe true. Given the Orthodox practice as cited:

Orthodox churches use a passive voice: “This person is baptized …” and the Catholic Church has recognized those baptisms for centuries.

It would seem the CDF note from 2020 is on shaky ground. Fr Reese also suggests that synodality might have helped here. Why not consult theologians outside of Rome?

One of the other news feeds had a poll at the end, a series of gradual responses to the question “What would you do?” I suspect many answers will center around “Shrug and do nothing” more than “Call the Church and get re-baptized immediately.”

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to More On The Baptism Thing

  1. Liam says:

    Fr Reese is much more focused on the secondary causation here by “Rome” than he is on the primary causation here by the minister of the sacrament. That should be a clue about personal hobby horse riding. If he were to focus at least as much energy at advocating for cessation of primary causation, he’d be a much better witness in the box, as it were.

  2. Not sure I agree. The problem of rogue priests is a constant. Fr Reese acknowledges what he does and what other clergy should do. He doesn’t put it in a headline because the topic is CDF clumsiness.

    • Liam says:

      Well, shifting topical attention away from the rogue priests as primary cause to secondary causes shares a lot of energy with enabling and codependency.

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