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Baptism in the Womb
Baptism of the Unborn
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Baptism in Utero
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In cases of necessity,
may infants be baptized in the womb?
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Yes. As stated in the
1917 Code of Canon Law...
"Can. 746 § 1 No
one should be baptized in the mother's womb so long as there is a hope that he
can be baptized correctly outside of it. § 2 If the head of an infant is exposed
and there is imminent danger of death, let him be baptized on the head; later,
if he is delivered alive, he should be baptized again under condition. § 3 If
another part of the body is exposed, and if danger [of death] is imminent, let
him be baptized under condition, thereupon, and then, if he survives birth, he
should be once again baptized under condition. § 4 If a pregnant mother dies,
and if the fetus is delivered by those who do such things, and if he is
certainly alive, he should be baptized absolutely; if there is doubt, [the fetus
should be baptized] under condition. § 5 A fetus baptized in the womb should be
baptized again under condition after [being born]." (1917 Code of Canon Law)
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