Prior to my baptism this past Easter Vigil, I asked my 77-yr old dad if I’d ever been baptized (my mom passed away several years ago; couldn’t ask her). He couldn’t remember but was pretty sure that the answer was no. By the time of my birth, he was a fallen-away Methodist and my mom a fallen-away Catholic. He could not find a baptism certificate or any pictures. I do not remember being baptized. My older brother doesn’t remember either of us being baptized. I told this all to my priest and was baptised at Easter Vigil.
This evening, my dad seemed to think that we (my older brother and I) might have been baptized as infants. He’s just not sure but thinks maybe. And I understand that Methodists practice infant baptism. Some pretty fuzzy memories of baptism of an older son who died in infancy have surfaced for my dad, it seems. Under these conditions, I imagine that my recent baptism should’ve been conditional.
Since I made the best possible effort to find the facts, I know that the Lord understands if a mistake was made. :rolleyes:
But does the Church require anything else? I wonder, do people who get conditional baptisms have to go to confession prior to confirmation and first Holy Communion, as do previously baptized Christians? I got baptized at Easter Vigil and knew that forgave all of my past sins and I could NOT go to confession first. But if I was baptized as an infant, then I got 50+ years of confession to do…or do I?
BTW, I go to confession every two weeks, and every other is with my spiritual director, with whom I am discussing all the past sins (prior to baptism). And I do know that every confession forgives past sins that you forgot to confess, as long as you weren’t hiding them or otherwise gaming the system.
I’m not stressing about this, just wondering what is the right thing to do? The really good side of all of this is that my dad, who has been away from any kind of faith for 55 years, is thinking hard about things like baptism.