Who can administer
baptism? Who can administer baptism in case of necessity?
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As stated in the Baltimore Catechism...
Q. Who can
A. A priest is the
ordinary minister of Baptism; but in case of necessity anyone who has the use of
reason may baptize.
Q. Can a person
who has not himself been baptized, and who does not even believe in the
Sacrament of Baptism, give it validly to another in case of necessity?
A. A person who has
not himself been baptized, and who does not even believe in the Sacrament of
Baptism, can give it validly to another in case of necessity, provided: (1) He
has the use of reason; (2) Knows how to give baptism, and (3) Intends to do what
the Church intends in the giving of the Sacrament. Baptism is so necessary that
God affords every opportunity for its reception.
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