Baptism of Desire: A hopeful theological premise that lacks the divine certainty of sacramental baptism.

Practically everyone needs the baptism of water for salvation – while in theory a person can be saved with the baptism of desire – Rector, Church Santa Maria Annunziata, Rome

Being saved with the baptism of desire etc he said is an impossibility. ( ‘impossibilisimo’).The Franciscan had got it right. The baptism of desire and invincible ignorance are not ‘practical’ ( defacto) exceptions .To claim that they are practical exceptions would be indifferentism and syncretism. It would be a negation of an infallible teaching. This would be a mortal sin and heresy. The stuff of excommunications. It would be a sacrilege for the priest offering Holy Mass.

Today morning at 10.30 a.m the priest offered Holy Mass in Italian with his face towards the altar and not the congregation. Communicants also received the Eucharist kneeling on a single pew, placed in the centre aisle.He was the Rector of the Church, Santa Maria di Annunziata, Rome. The Rector from the community Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate founded by Fr. Stefano Manelli F.I spoke on the necessity of the baptism of water for all people to go to Heaven.

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Father Z: How anyone can perform a baptism in an emergency

In case of an emergency, anyone – even a non-believer – can baptize an infant validly.  They must cause water to flow on the head while saying – and it must be the same person – the words “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”  That short form and the pouring of water on the head is all that is needed for valid baptism in an emergency.  Some medical personnel, such as nurses, will often be sensitive during emergencies and will even know what to do.

If the water cannot for some reason be poured on the head, then it can be poured over another part of the body.  If that is the case, however, then there must be a conditional baptism performed if the child survives.

In either case, when the child survives the full rites surrounding the baptism should be celebrated when possible.

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Little Johnny starts a congregation


Johnny’s Mother looked out the window and noticed him “playing church” with their cat.

He had the cat sitting quietly and he was preaching to it. She smiled and went about her work.

A while later she heard loud meowing and hissing and ran back to the open window to see Johnny baptizing the cat in a tub of water.

She called out, “Johnny, stop that! The cat is afraid of water!”

Johnny looked up at her and said, “He should have thought about that before he joined my church.”

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Catholic theologian Robert Sungenis on proper Bible interpretation and the critical necessity of Baptism


…the Old Testament foreshadowed baptism and its spiritual effects — effects which apply to people both in the Old and New Testament.

Have you not read in 1 Corinthians 10:1-2: “…our forefathers were all under the cloud and they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.”

And have you not read in Acts 16:22 what Ananias says to Paul, “Get up and be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.”

Now, why would Ananias say that Paul’s sins were washed away precisely at water baptism if the water represented only the word of God or was merely symbolic?

Have you not read what Peter says in 1 Peter 3:20-21 in explaining the flood waters of Noah’s day, “and this water is the antitype of baptism which now saves us.” Why would Peter say “baptism saves” if the water was merely symbolic or represented only the word of God?

Moreover, if one insists that the  water represents only the word of God,  have you not read in John 1:31-34 and John 4:2 in which baptism was administered with physical water? Is it not unreasonable to think that the water of John 3:5
so suddenly takes on a different meaning, especially since it is surrounded by a context that only refers to literal water?

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