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From: "John Merz" <>
Subject: Re: [QUEBEC] conditional baptism?
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000 16:26:39 -0500
Hi, although this question seems to have been answered, I am personally
still not quite satified with the answers. Wouldn't be the 'emergency'
called the 'conditional baptism', rather then the other way around? Would
emergency baptisms or regular baptisms be performed if the father of the
child was away for any lenght of time? Like voyagers who would not be home
for many months?
Would appreciate clarification.
Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2000 4:38 PM
> Hello Helen
> Especially at a time when many children died in infancy, whenever a
> considered at risk, any lay person (parent or midwife generally) would
> baptize the newborn. As these children survived, they were then
> a ceremony at church, given their names, and entered in the register of
> baptisms. The wording of the baptism is then "If you are not baptized,
> baptize you etc.", making it a ""conditional"" baptism.
> Hope this helps