[quote=Catholic Dude]Someone could just go door to door and Baptize people and wouldnt have to worry about going to a priest? The Priest becomes a nothing on these grounds. Why would someone wait to take a newborn to a priest? Just Baptize the child right on the spot. Better yet why not instruct people to go around Baptizing, dont even worry about the CC.
I can understand a person Baptizing someone if they are about to die, or if it is done by a protestant pastor following the CC formula.
But to let any old person do it seems wrong. How do you prove that the person is doing it with the right intentions?
If there is no way to check or have an idea of their intentions why not go around and pay people to get Baptized? Or better yet go to a public pool and Baptize whole crowds.
I just thought of another question, I know reBaptizing is wrong, but how do you know if someone has been Baptized if it was done outside the CC.
Please re-read the Canon Law posted above.
Notice it says the ORDINARY minister of baptism is the priest/bishop. Catholics are bound by Canon Law and therefore must follow the norms set forth in it. Therefore, under normal circumstances baptism would be celebrated within the community, by a priest, and afte proper instruction of the parents.
Any person can baptize in danger of death.
If the person was baptized in a church that keeps records, then they would be turned over to the CC. For example, I was baptized in the Episcopal Church. There is no question that they perform Trinitarian baptism, and there was no question that I was baptized because the EC could produce my baptismal certificate. If proof cannot be obtained, the persons is baptized conditionally.