Here is the scenario:
A devout Catholic Grandmother or Grandfather are concerned about the state of the soul of their grandchild. The child’s parent is a fallen-away Catholic and has not had the child baptized. The parent will not agree to have the child baptized, saying that they wish to let the child come of age and make that decision themselves. The Grandparents teach the child the Catechism in their home and take them to Mass whenever possible. The child is, therefore, exposed to the Truth and developes a love for the Truth.
The Grandparents take it upon themselves to baptize the child. Using Holy Water, and using the formula, “I Baptize you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit”, they Baptize the child without the parent knowing and in their own home.
Would such a Baptism be a valid Baptism in the eyes of the Church?
I don’t think I am phrasing my question correctly because I am having a difficult time finding my answer in the Catechism…perhaps someone here could direct me to the correct paragraph or to the correct area of Cannon Law which would cover this situation?
Thank you all so much!