How explicit Jesus' intentions were and whether he envisioned a continuing, organized Church is a matter of dispute among scholars. In the Roman Catholic Church, most believers are baptized by pouring (also known as infusion). “Baptism,” as administered by the Roman Catholic Church, reflects a form of “baptismal regeneration” that is wholly at variance with the New Testament. In the early Church the three Sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist—were celebrated in the same ceremony by adult catechumens at the Easter Vigil. 2. Who can perform a Catholic baptism? 4. 3. Most non-Catholic churches which exist today are less than a century or two old by comparison. Some Protestant and Evangelical Churches reject all form of baptism other than immersion. The catechumens descended into a pool where they were baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Contents show 1. Who can receive a Catholic baptism? Recall that until the year 313, the Church was under the persecution of the Roman Empire and had to be cautious in conducting its affairs so as … 2. Check out the other great Catholic podcasts at the Starquest Production Network. 1) The reason why adult baptism is the focus in the early church is because everyone is converting to Christianity (it’s the same as in the New Testament). A leading Catholic authority defines “baptism” in the following fashion: Baptism is the first of seven sacraments and the way in which a person becomes a member of the Catholic Church. Christians consider Jesus to have instituted the sacrament of baptism. The Rite of Baptism, the first of the seven sacraments, is steeped in the history, traditions, and rituals of the Catholic church. It is intended to cleanse away original sin and symbolizes a rebirth in Christ, recalling his baptism by John the Baptist. In the fourth and fifth centuries Baptism underwent some of the most dramatic changes, as a result of a blend of theological insight and historical circumstance. On the Lupercalia of Rome. 3. Can someone be baptized twice? But, as with many doctrines in church history, the reactionary pendulum swung too far to the opposite extreme. The role of the godparent for baptism is rooted in the role of the sponsor in the catechumenate, which originated in the early Church. To listen, just click on the link below: #479 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Baptism of Clovis The Baptism of Clovis by the Master of Saint Giles. Because baptism is the visible sign of union with the body of Christ, it is prerequisite to church fellowship, and to participation in the Lord’s Supper. The ONLY Christian church in existence for the first 1,000 years of Christian history was the Roman Catholic Church. The Early Church believed at that time that one had only two opportunities to receive the sacramental sign of forgiveness: Baptism and the reception of Penance after Baptism (5). Many of the stories told in the very early church are of converts, and so many were converting from paganism to Christianity that the stories of infant baptism get lost. All other Christian churches which exist today can trace their linage back to the Roman Catholic Church. 5. This limitation of the Lord’s Supper to those who have been baptized was not an invention of the Roman Catholic Church or the Reformation, nor is this practice unique to Baptists. Gregory of Tours on the Conversion of Clovis. Does the Catholic Church accept baptisms from another church? Baptism has been part of Christianity from the start, as shown by the many mentions in the Acts of the Apostles and the Pauline epistles. The true doctrine of the sacrament of baptism is not taught by the Roman Church, Baptism given by heretics in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost with the intention of performing what the Church performs, is not true baptism, Baptism is free, that is, not necessary for salvation. At the same time, Catholics know that immersion (also known as dunking) and sprinkling are valid ways of baptizing. The so-called Gelasian Decree. Thus it becomes apparent that the Roman Catholic Church believes baptism in itself is a salvific sacrament, an unmerited gift that imparts the recipient with the Holy Spirit, the forgiveness of sin, new life in Christ, and membership into the church.