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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 do Mormons use Trinitarian language in baptism when they explicitly reject Trinitarianism?

It is not the trinitarian language, it is the language with which Christ commanded his disciples to go and baptize: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the ...
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What is the basis that some Protestants teach the non-necessity of baptism for salvation?

Why do Protestants teach the non-necessity of baptism for salvation? Those who see baptism as something additional to salvation might use the following verses; Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, ...
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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 basis that some Protestants teach the non-necessity of baptism for salvation?

Let me state the views of those who believe baptism is not necessary for salvation. (It's not just Protestants by the way - Catholics teach that actual physical baptism is not absolutely necessary for ...
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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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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 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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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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Is LDS baptism considered valid by the Roman Catholic Church?

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 ...
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If Jesus was sinless then why was he baptized?

Jesus' baptism was not a confession of guilt. He fulfilled the rite of baptism because He identified Himself as one of us, taking the steps we are to take. His life of perfect submission here on earth ...
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What is the basis that some Protestants teach the non-necessity of baptism for salvation?

Credo-baptists (note: not all Protestants) that hold the views you refer to, rely more on very clear soteriological proof texts that are not as open to alternative interpretations* as the verses you ...
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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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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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Is it true that early Christians were baptised naked?

A great deal of early Church art showed baptism being done in the nude. This would not have been shocking in the world of the early Church, as many early Christians were slaves. Most slaves in the ...
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Can a Catholic priest conduct a Catholic baptism upon the request of non-Catholic parents, assuming that they will raise the child Catholic?

The Roman Ritual prescribes 24. An infant of infidel parents may be baptized lawfully even though the parents are opposed, provided that its life is in such danger that one can reasonably ...
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According to churches which teach Believer's Baptism, what are the consequences of not being baptized with water?

I agree that Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change and isn't what saves you, yet even so, it is important to be baptised for three excellent reasons: It is a rite of initiation into ...
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Are there any denominations that baptize ONLY in the Name of Jesus?

Oneness believers believe that for water baptism to be valid, one must be baptized in the name of Jesus, rather than the mainstream baptismal formula in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of ...
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Can a child presented by a same sex couple be validly baptized in the Catholic Church?

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 ...
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Are Anabaptists' re-baptisms really conditional baptisms?

No, they are not. Present day Anabaptist baptisms are not phrased in any way conditionally. Nor are they considered 'rebaptisms'. Conditional baptism is used only when there is uncertainty about ...
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In whose name was Jesus baptized?

Scripture doesn't say. However, what does it mean to "baptize in someone's name"? It means baptizing, having the authority of that person to do so. If we baptize in the name of Jesus, it is as though ...
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In whose name was Jesus baptized?

In whose name was Jesus baptized? The baptism of John was for repentance. This was not as much an immersion in the name of a person but a public declaration of sorrow for sin and the change of ...
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What is the biblical argument against baptism by sprinkling/pouring?

The argument from scripture centres firstly around the meaning of the original word which we translate as baptize in english: Strong's Concordance baptizó: to dip, sink Original Word: βαπτίζω Part of ...
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Is white underwear necessary while being baptized in The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints?

No. White is usually recommended, though. It is more practical, since the jumpsuits are also white.
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