I’ve been reading the catechism (or at least started to)…I’m a few days behind but since I’m off work unwell, I’m spending the day catching up. I’m currently on day 30 of the reading the catechism in a year. It was all going splendidly until something i read today confused me.
Catholics believe in infant baptism, churches that don’t believe in infant baptism but instead believers baptism often site the verses from the Bible which state “believe and be baptised” (I’m paraphrasing) alongside the usual arguments of no infant baptism being mentioned in the Bible. I understood both sides of the equation and the arguments for and against until the catechism completely mixed things up by stating belief/faith is required and then they are baptised. Unless I have misread/misunderstood? :shrug: but if the Catholic Church does believe this, how can infants profess a belief and faith. It goes on to talk about the symbol of baptism “Father, Son, Holy Spirit” which does make sense, but the faith/belief comment has confused me…
This was the explanation of the section of the catechism…so not actually the catechism itself:
The creeds go back to Jesus, who commanded his disciples to baptize. In doing so, they were to require of the people seeking Baptism the profession of a definite faith, namely, faith in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Trinity).