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Can a non-Catholic receive Baptism (to formally marry a Catholic), without converting to the Catholic faith?

Once she receives the sacrament of Baptism, is she required to convert to Catholicism for that Baptism - and therefore the marriage - to be valid in the eyes of the Church and in the eyes of God? ...
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Why does the Salvation Army not administer the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper?

It appears that the simple answer is that because the Salvation Army does not view baptism or communion as requirements of salvation, they are not practiced at all. This stance, however does not ...
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What is the Catholic Church's stance on baptism after death?

From the PoV of the Roman Catholic church, baptism is a sacrament for the living. (For that matter, so are all 7 Sacraments). Once the body dies one is subject to judgment, which in the case of ...
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In Catholicism, does the efficacy of the sacrament depend on the intention of the priest?

The Church's current teaching points to the sacrament itself overcoming any weakness of an individual. If a priest intends to send babies to hell while he is baptizing them, are those infants ...
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Since when did the Catholic church accept Protestant baptism, and what was the original rationale for accepting?

The Catechism of the Council of Trent fully accepted baptism administered by heretics and infidels, provided that those who administered the sacrament intended to do what the Catholic Church did [does]...
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What is the consequence of being baptized twice, according to the Catholic Church?

Nothing. The Code of Canon Law states: Every person not yet baptized and only such a person is able to be baptized. (Canon 864; emphasis added) Here's what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has ...
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Would a person baptized by a Biblical Unitarian church be considered a Christian by the Catholic Church?

Would a person baptized by a Biblical Unitarian church be considered a Christian by the Catholic Church? The short answer is no. It is not that they may or may not use the correct biblical phrasing in ...
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What is the earliest extrabiblical teaching of baptism using a trinitarian formula?

Two early church writings can be seen to address this issue: the Didache and Justin Martyr's First Apology. Didache Early evidence for a trinitarian formula in baptism might be found in the Didache, ...
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Baptism of grandchildren

Canon law states: Canon 868 §1 For an infant to be baptised lawfully it is required: 1° that the parents, or at least one of them, or the person who lawfully holds their place, give their consent; 2° ...
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Is Nessa or Vanessa a Catholic name?

Is Nessa or Vanessa a Catholic name? Not to sure what you mean by a Catholic name. Names of children are normally based on language and are often originated from a particular demographically known ...
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Can a person be baptized against their will, according to Catholicism?

In short, the answer is “no.” Even for the Catholic Church, according to which Baptism is an instrument through which saving (sanctifying) grace is infused into a person’s soul, a forced baptism or ...
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In Catholicism, does the efficacy of the sacrament depend on the intention of the priest?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1256) may shed some light on this: The ordinary ministers of Baptism are the bishop and priest and, in the Latin Church, also the deacon. In case of ...
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Did the authors of the Westminster Standards accept Roman Catholic baptisms as valid?

There is nothing absolutely specific in the Westminster Confession about Roman Catholic baptism. What there is supports its validity. However there was a long-established acceptance of baptism by ...
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Has the term "born again" always been synonymous with baptism with the Christians of the Early Church?

Some Clarification You question specifically asks if there were any in the Early Church (~2nd to 4th century) who separated "born again" with baptism. Meanwhile, the site you quote claims that this ...
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Can a non-Catholic receive Baptism (to formally marry a Catholic), without converting to the Catholic faith?

To be baptized as a Catholic means to become a member of the Catholic Church, and thus believe all the things that a Catholic should believe. Part of the ceremony is for the person baptized to affirm ...
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How to reconcile the Council of Trent and the Apostle John regarding the post-baptismal presence of sin?

The Council of Trent, in this section on baptism, so strongly affirms that sin in a person is utterly remitted The Council of Trent (Session V, Canon 5) declared if anyone denies by the grace of Our ...
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How does a Baptist church handle a believer who was already baptized as an infant and confirmed as a youth?

I was batized into the Church of Scotland at the age of five (in 1956), which I vividly remember, but later I left the Church of Scotland, on grounds of conscience, and joined with a Baptist assembly ...
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According to the Catholic Church, could a "Jesus-name" baptism ever be considered a valid baptism?

No, it could not be considered valid in that form. (Per the current teaching of the church). Valid baptism (per the Catholic Church) requires use of water and the Trinitarian form. From the ...
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Are there gender requirements for Sponsors for a Catholic baptism?

The Code of Canon Law for the Latin Rite Catholic Church states that there may be one or two sponsors for the sacrament of baptism. However, if there are two sponsors, one must be male and the other ...
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Which non LDS Christian denominations believe in baptism after death?

I love your question and hope others take the time to respond. This is what I found: Believe in Baptism for the Dead Early Christian church - Baptisms performed until forbidden by Councils of ...
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Do paedobaptists suggest that a baptised infant is really 'born again'?

You will probably find different denominations have a slightly different flavour to this answer. To put my cards on the table, I come at this from an Anglican perspective. My first point would be, ...
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What do Reformed Baptists think about a Christian refusing to be baptised?

Before considering whether Reformed Baptists view baptism as a salvation issue, it might be worth clarifying that “Reformed” refers to those Baptist who adhere to John Calvin’s doctrine of salvation. ...
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What mainstream sects object to infant baptism?

Paedobaptism is the practice of baptising infants. The Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Churches, Coptic and Oriental Orthodox Churches, Lutheran Churches, Anglican and Episcopal Churches ...
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How does a Baptist church handle a believer who was already baptized as an infant and confirmed as a youth?

Baptist churches do not consider baptisms done as infants to be valid. They will treat you the same as someone who has not been baptized. The issue of confirmation is not relevant to their theology. ...
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Great commission applies to all believers, but the laity does not baptize. Why?

The Great Commission is a commission given to the Church as a group. It's not a commission given to individuals separately. This is true whether you think of the Church as a single organization or as ...
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Does the Roman Catholic church recognize LDS baptisms?

For Baptism to be valid requires three things: form, matter and intention. Form refers to the words, which must refer to baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. LDS baptism meets this ...
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Can a baby be baptized in a Catholic Church if the mother does not have papers proving she was baptized?

In order for a child to be baptized, there must be "a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion" (Code of Canon Law, Canon 868 section 1). That is, the priest must judge ...
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What, exactly, happened to the good thief on the cross, and why? (Catholic perspective)

Much of the Question has already been answered, so I will address the concern of the OP. “It would seem that he did no or minimal good works, and it's most likely that he wasn't baptised.” As to his ...
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If baptism cleanses original sin then why do the children of baptised parents still need to be baptised?

According to the Catholic Church (Council of Trent's Decree Concerning Original Sin): this sin of Adam…in its origin is one, and being transfused into all by propagation, not by imitation [of the ...
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Why is the ritual of baptism needed?

Catholic View Baptism necessary for justification Catholicism teaches that "without the laver of regeneration, or the desire thereof," (Council of Trent, Decree On Justification, Canon 4) ...
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