Jesus, who did not “need” to be baptized. He was baptized to show us an example. When He entered the water, the Holy Spirit and the Father were present in through the baptismal waters. This Triune testimony to the salvific nature of baptism was necessary to distinguish Jesus’ baptism from Johns.
Perhaps it might be better expressed that the Holy Spirit has never been separated from teh baptismal waters of Christ.
All those who are validly baptized with a trinitarian formula receive the Holy Spirit. At confirmation, a candidate takes upon themselves the vows made by their parents and godparents at their baptism. Confirmation is an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to be released in power within the believer.
You are right that there were precedents in anabaptist thought. All who adopted this view were considered heretics.
Ok. I disagree with the declarative statements of condemnation, but I will accept your testimony of good will. Do you expect you will be able to convert Catholics to the true Gospel?
"But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."Mark 10;4
The most complete way we know of to bring people to Christ is in baptism.
Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” 38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 “For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” Acts2;37
We also follow the example of those who sought Christ on behalf of the helpless.
But the centurion said, "Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. Matt. 8;8
And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed **Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.” Matt 9;2
Jesus responds to the faith of those who carry the helpless to HIm.