Trying to understand the following issue regarding authority and the sacraments.
My question is...Why does the Catholic Church believe ANY baptized Christian is
allowed to baptize but all other sacraments require ordination?
Jesus instructed his apostles to provide the Eucharist at the Last Supper, a
command many Catholics, including Brant Pitre and Scott Hahn, have suggested
established the Priesthood, but Jesus also commanded his apostles to baptize and
never commanded anyone else to do that either:
Matthew 28:16: Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where
Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some
doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and on
earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am
with you always, to the very end of the age.
So why is baptism treated differently?
Thanks in advance!