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Old 07-18-2016, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by BigT View Post
Seems like that's missing something. Does not the participant have to desire to be baptized?

If not, I could see a zealous believer exploiting such a loophole to try and save everyone.
No, we do infant baptism, which may include seconds-old baptism*. BUT! There is a situation called "baptism by desire": if someone who is old enough to have such a desire dies before he can be baptized formally, he counts as baptized.

* I was baptized 3 days post-birth; for my nephew it was 2 months and a half; the mother of one of my favourite teachers died in childbirth and the father baptized the child then and there fearing he'd die as well before the priest could arrive.

Last edited by Nava; 07-18-2016 at 03:54 PM.