Baptized 50 Years
I was baptized Palm Sunday, March 30, 1958.
Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about the Baptism of infants:
1250 Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God, to which all men are called. The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant Baptism. The Church and the parents would deny a child the priceless grace of becoming a child of God were they not to confer Baptism shortly after birth.
1251 Christian parents will recognize that this practice also accords with their role as nurturers of the life that God has entrusted to them.
1252 The practice of infant Baptism is an immemorial tradition of the Church. There is explicit testimony to this practice from the second century on, and it is quite possible that, from the beginning of the apostolic preaching, when whole "households" received baptism, infants may also have been baptized.
And here is the Latin version, Baptismus infantium:
1250 Cum natura lapsa et peccato originali maculata nati, etiam ipsi infantes nova egent in Baptismo nativitate ut liberentur a tenebrarum potestate et transferantur in dominium libertatis filiorum Dei, ad quam omnes homines vocantur. In Baptismo infantium peculiariter manifestatur pura gratuitas gratiae salutis. Ideo Ecclesia et parentes infantem inaestimabili privarent gratia deveniendi in filium Dei, si ei, paulo post nativitatem, Baptismum non conferrent.
1251 Parentes christiani agnoscent, hanc praxim etiam congruere cum suo munere nutritorum vitae a Deo illis concreditae.
1252 Praxis parvulos baptizandi infantes traditio Ecclesiae est immemorialis. A saeculo II explicita de illa habentur testimonia. Est tamen vere possibile, iam ab initiis praedicationis apostolicae, cum integrae «domus» Baptismum receperunt, etiam infantes esse baptizatos.
Lane Core Jr. CIW P Sun. 03/30/08 08:35:24 AM
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