Is it appropriate to baptize a dying person who is unresponsive, not knowing if they had intentions to ever be baptized?
The scenario is a cancer patient who had been unresponsive for several days, on ventilation, listed as having no religion in their chart. They are unable to give consent to baptism, but are also unable to deny being baptized. Would it be appropriate to give them a conditional baptism (If you are not already baptized, then I baptise you in the name of…) before they pass away? The family cannot be reached and the patient is going to die soon. What should a Catholic healthcare worker do?