Last Monday, 15 Nov. at about 1:30 pst while listening to Catholic Radio KHOT 1240 AM I thought I heard some one say that only by a Catholic Baptism was a person incorporated into the Body of Christ. I may have misunderstood what I thought I heard because I didn’t hear the preceeding discussion nor any of the discussion which followed. However, thinking on this ( what I thougt I heard) impels me once again to display my igorance, and strange way of thinking.
I have come to believe that any Baptism which uses water, whether poured over ,or total immersion, and the prescribed Triune Formula is a valid Baptism and incorporates that person into the Body of Christ.
While our separated Brethren of the other various Christian denominations do not believe in Magisterium of the Catholic Church, nor it’s teachings, if they Baptise, that Baptism is recognised as valid by the Catholic Church.
If their Baptism is valid then they are incorporated into the Body of Christ. Even if our separated Brethren do not believe in the Eucharist I think that they share in the offering and the Graces of every Mass said throught the world. I think this because it is the Body of Christ ie the whole Church, and Christ Himself who is offering the sacrifice of he Mass. It is not only a Priest and the celebrating congregation, whether one accolyte or a crowd of thousands,it is the whole body of Christ. Since each Mass is a mysterious participation in that once and for all sacrifice of Jesus on the cross I believe that all who are in the Body of Christ share in its Graces.
I have come to think this because the REAL PRESENCE of Jesus does not depend on the belief of any one, including the priest who says the Eucharistic prayer. It only depends on the priest’s acceptance of valid Holy Orders and his standing with his Bishop.