I'm Catholic and have made all my sacraments. I'm going to Israel and am interested in being baptized in the Jordan River. Is this allowed?

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    The second baptism is invalid. – Ken Graham Jul 9 '19 at 0:57
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    You can always cleanse yourself in the Jordan. – Ken Graham Jul 9 '19 at 12:58
  • Yes, nobody is stopping you getting immersed or sprinkled in the Jordan as long as you don't call it being baptized (at least in front of your priest). – DJClayworth Jul 9 '19 at 13:47

No, you cannot be baptized twice. The sacrament is unique and irremovable, and there is therefore no need for a second baptism. According to the Code of Canon Law only unbaptized individuals are eligible for baptism:

Can. 864 Every unbaptised person, and only such a person, can be baptised.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church also quotes this canon directly:

1246 "Every person not yet baptized and only such a person is able to be baptized."46

If it is uncertain whether someone was baptized the Church may perform what is called a "conditional baptism," but this is very different from a second baptism such as you desire.

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    That said, a sort of non-sacramental ritual cleansing may be permitted during your time in Israel. I would ask your pastor. – zippy2006 Jul 9 '19 at 2:34

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