Hello! I was a c-section baby, and I think I might be a c-section convert to Catholicism. I wasn't baptized Catholic but I'm here anyway.
I received Christian baptism as a Protestant. In the preparation classes for this, we learned that baptism was only an outward sign of belief and obedience and unity with the church that didn't effect anything and was unnecessary for salvation. They specifically rejected "the errors of the Romanists" about baptism.
My former church was VERY non-sacramental (kind of sad really :p) and we were given to understand that baptism was just something you did; it was special, but not that special. The staff was surprised when my dad asked about a baptismal certificate; they didn't do certificates. So dad bought certificates for us (me and my sister) and the pastor agreed to sign them.
At first I was concerned because I didn't understand how Catholicism could accept a baptism as having "proper intention,...to do what the Church does when She baptizes" when the denomination rejects the Catholic understanding of it. I have decided that this is because it is not the Church, but the Holy Spirit, Who regenerates through baptism; therefore the Church can't have the intention to regenerate folks when She baptizes, so if a non-Catholic has no intention of offering regenerative baptism, it is still possible for them to intend to do what the Church does.
My question is about baptismal vows. At one point I renounced my baptism and I would like to make an "official" renewal of it (I did attend the Easter Vigil and followed along with the group renewal of the baptismal vows), but I don't know how this works for someone with my background.
Did I even make baptismal promises? Was the fact of being baptized itself a vow? I don't understand how I can renew promises that I never made.