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While the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate personages, the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is the same. They are unified in purpose and will. So what's in a name? Reputation. By extension, a name represents an agent or authority. Their reputation, authority, and agency (free will) is unified and is thus the same, even though they are ...


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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published a very very brief document on the subject in 2001. The entire text of the English translation is: Question: Whether the baptism conferred by the community «The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints», called «Mormons» in the vernacular, is valid. Response: Negative. The Supreme ...


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Here's the current practice in the USA: Baptism of children in the care of same-sex couples presents a serious pastoral concern. Nevertheless, the Church does not refuse the Sacrament of Baptism to these children, but there must be a well founded hope that the children will be brought up in the Catholic religion. In those cases where Baptism is ...


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Most Catholics are baptized as infants; consequently, there are two sets of requirements: one for the parents or guardians of infants who are to be baptized, and one for adults (those who have "reached the age of reason", which is not specified in the Code of Canon Law and may be perhaps left up to the local bishop). The general church-wide rules regarding ...


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My understanding of the what you call the Greater Baptism is baptism via the Holy Spirit when you accept Christ as your savior. Water baptism and Spiritual baptism are two separate events. NASB: Matt 3:11 “As for me, I baptize you [g]with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He ...


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The enquiry is about the policy of Protestant denominations on the choice of baptismal names. I am an ordained minister (Presbyter) of the British Methodist Church with thirty years' experience. In the Methodist Church, this matter would be up to the judgment of the officiating minister's conscience, though parents could appeal to superior authorities in ...


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One must profess the entirety of the Catholic faith to be Catholic (cf. Pope Leo XIII's Satis Cognitum). Same-sex parents, by their actions and example, intentionally violate natural law (children have a right to a female mother and a male father) and disregard the 6th precept of the Church ("To obey the marriage laws of the Church"); they are practically ...


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Starting with a couple of passages Acts 11:16-18 (RSVCE) 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?” 18 When they heard ...


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It is always helpful and useful to start with definitions From the "PENNY CATECHISM" under Grace and Prayer 139 What is Grace? Grace is a supernatural gift of God, freely bestowed upon us for our sanctification and salvation. 140 How must we obtain God's grace? We must obtain God's grace chiefly by prayer and the holy Sacraments. And From the ...


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Generally speaking, many Protestant churches have no other requirement outside of a statement of faith by the individual seeking baptism. This practice corresponds to various accounts in the book of Acts, and the baptism happens immediately after the people believe. But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the ...



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