I was looking at various things on this website and came across this link:
It talks about the necessity of Baptism for salvation. I agree. But Baptism alone is not sufficient for Salvation…the scripture is quite clear that Faith and Baptism are required for salvation. I think this needs to be cleared up as we live in a world now where all sorts of people are bringing their children to the Church to be baptised. Yet in many cases, these people are bringing their children to be baptised because that is what their family has always done and Godparents are not picked for faith reasons but because they are a favorite relative, a good friend of the family, etc.
Let me post a bit that Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Papal Household, has said on this subject:
"Everything that depends on divine grace and the will of Christ in a sacrament is called opus operatum, which can be translated as the work already accomplished, the objective and certain fruit of a sacrament when it is administered validly. On the other hand, everything that depends on the liberty and disposition of the person is called opus operantis; this is the work yet to be accomplished by the individual, his or her affirmation.
The opus operatum of baptism, the part done by God and grace, is diverse and very rich: remission of sins; the gift of the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity (given in seed form); and divine sonship. All of this is mediated through the effacious action fo the Holy Spirit. Baptism is a truly rich collection of gifts that we received at the moment of our birth in God. But it is a collection that is still sealed up…This is why we can say that, for the majority of Christians, baptism is a sacrament that is still unreleased. So much for the opus operatum. What does the opus operantis consist of in baptism? It consists of faith! “The one who believes and is baptised shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). With regard to baptism, then, there is the element of a person’s faith. “But to all who received Him, who believed in His name, he gave power to become children of God” (John 1:12).
…Saint Basil wrote, " Truly, faith and baptism, these two modes of salvation, are bound indivisibly to one another because if faith receives it’s perfection from baptism, baptism is founded on faith". "
I believe that this is misunderstood by most Catholics, including most priests. If it were better understood, priests and deacons would be making sure the parents and godparents had faith, and truly intend to lead their children to have faith also. It is a poor situation in the church today that so many people do not have faith, but are merely cultural Catholics.