Sunday, February 12, 2012

Bad Water; Doubtful Baptisms!

It is possible that many people who believe themselves to have been validly baptized may not be so at all.  Let's take a look at two things that ought to immediately make most people baptized in the last several decades (if not longer) seriously question the validity of their baptisms.

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 8, ex cathedra: "Holy Baptism holds the first place among all the sacraments, for it is the gate of the spiritual life; through it we become members of Christ and of the body of the Church. Since death came into the world through one person, unless we are born again of water and the spirit, we cannot, as Truth says, enter the kingdom of heaven. The matter of this sacrament is true and natural water..."

Pope Paul III, Council of Trent, Session 7, Canons on Baptism, Canon 2, ex cathedra: "If any one saith, that true and natural water is not of necessity for baptism, and, on that account, wrests, to some sort of metaphor, those words of our Lord Jesus Christ; Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost; let him be anathema."

Where you baptized with tap water?  Are you confident enough to call it "true and natural", despite its potential (and even likely) corruption?  Is corrupt water, true and natural water?

This is just a thought.  Since the pope, when speaking ex cathedra is infallible, we better be CERTAIN that the water we were baptized with was true and natural.

Catechism of the Council of Trent, Matter of Baptism: "Now since we said above, when treating of the Sacraments in general, that every Sacrament consists of matter and form, it is therefore necessary that pastors point out what constitutes each of these in Baptism. The matter, then, or element of this Sacrament, is any sort of natural water, which is simply and without qualification commonly called water, be it sea water, river water, water from a pond, well or fountain."

And here is an excerpt from Goffine's Instructions on Baptism to emphasize the point:

So unless you are certain that your Baptism was performed with true and natural water, it is prudent to regard your Baptism as doubtful, and as soon as you are able, obtain conditional Baptism, in true and natural (i.e. river/lake, well or rain) water using the same form as Baptism, except beginning with the words "If thou art not baptized," or "If thou art able to be baptized,".

And obviously, nobody ought to be baptized who does not first hold the Faith of Jesus Christ, professed by the Catholic Church under popes St. Peter to Pius IX (the last Catholic Pope), outside which their is no salvation.  Nobody professing allegiance to heretic antipopes like Leo XIIIPius XII or Benedict XVI (and all those in between, and their false religion) should be baptized while in such a state, as they would immediately be schismatic and outside the Church after their valid baptism.

Saint Augustine, Address to the People of the Church at Caesarea: “No man can find salvation except in the Catholic Church. Outside the Catholic Church one can have everything except salvation. One can have honor, one can have the sacraments, one can sing alleluia, one can answer amen, one can have faith in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost [not a supernatural, saving faith], and preach it too, but never can one find salvation except in the Catholic Church." 

Additionally, any man or woman who believes the Catholic Faith rightly (read this page if you think you already are Catholic), and who is considering matrimony ought to be conditionally baptized by someone other than his potential spouse, as Baptism creates a spiritual affinity under which it is not longer lawful for the one baptized to marry the one he or she has been baptized by.

Finally, any infant in imminent danger of death prior to the age of reason (generally about seven years old) MUST be baptized, even if it is being raised by Jews or heretics.  Why?  Because despite the possible, even likely, danger of the child being raised perverted and going into the fires of hell forever if it should survive the threat to its life (and this is only a possibility, though a grave one, which is why healthy infants are never to be secretly baptized if they are in the custody of non-Catholics), whereas if the child dies unbaptized, it is a CERTAINTY that it will go to into the hell forever.

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