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You are not permitted by the Church to baptize a child unless they are in danger of death, and, if they are of the age of reason, request to be baptized or have made a desire for baptism known. The ordinary minister of baptism is a bishop, priest, or deacon
(cf. canon 861 §1).
I stand corrected. That's really a surprise to me. There was a nun, my sophomore year of high school who told us that anyone of us could baptize a child.
My grandmother has baptized every single one of her grandchildren (23) moments after their births. (They all went on to be baptized in the church but we joke that it was a paper thing, since it was already done.)
I guess according to law that doesn't quite count.
"permitted" argh....another reason I can't make peace with my Catholic upbringing.
Mom to an amazing little guy, age 9 (Autism, Hyperlexia, Dyspraxia, Albinism, Chromosome Microdeletion)
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