How do Catholics feel about their church invalidating baptisms due to a trivial grammatical choice?

Specifically, the question was whether baptisms conferred with the formula, “We baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” rather than the traditional, “I baptize you…”

The church is insisting that all baptisms done with a formula other than a strict following of the Church’s liturgical books are invalid.



This grammatical difference has nothing to do with the Trinity.  The I/we pronoun isn't referring to God in that sentence.  It refers to I as a priest, or we as a collective clergy.  

4 Answers

  • 3 months ago

    The article speaks for itself. The prescribed liturgical form for all such things belongs to the whole Church; not any particular individual or little group, who might choose to revise or subvert it, strictly for their own purposes.

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    I am tired of the ignorant attacking the RCC,  nor am I one

  • User
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    I'd suppose that most of them are supportive of it

    since the ones using the alternate formula are doing so without permission.

    That is: they are performing

    what is for Catholics

    an extremely important religious ritual

    in a manner that is unauthorized.

    Catholics are pretty big on tradition when it comes to religious matters

    and bucking established ritual proceedings without permission is likely to be viewed as rather cavalier, bordering on the heretical.

  • 3 months ago

    NO Christian would call that difference "trivial."  Your ignorance is showing.

    Christians worship God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  For those calling themselves Christian but not denying the Trinity, Christianity is their "philosophy" -- not their religion.

    Source(s): Greek Orthodox Christian
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