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Old 07-19-2016, 09:37 AM
MEBuckner MEBuckner is offline
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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.
And see also the Mortara case, a 19th century cause célèbre in which the Catholic maid of the Jewish Mortara family living in the Papal States performed an "emergency baptism" on their very sick infant son Edgardo--then several years after the baby recovered, the baptism was discovered and the authorities in the Papal States said the child was now a Catholic and could not (by the laws of the Papal States) be raised by a Jewish family. Edgardo was taken from the Mortaras when he was six years old and raised by the Church, eventually becoming a Catholic priest.