Yesterday I had a rather alarming conversation with my mother. I’m a convert from the United Methodist Church, and my baptism was presumed valid so I simply received Confirmation and First Eucharist upon being received into the Catholic Church.
Yesterday, however, I learned for the first time that my mother was disturbed by my christening service, that she thought the wording was “vague” and “wrong” and it contributed to her decision to leave that local church. Unfortunately, she can’t remember any specific details (this happened in 1985) and when I asked her whether the words of the baptism itself, the “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” was part of what the pastor did unconventionally or if it was only other parts of the service before and after the actual baptism, she honestly couldn’t remember.
Needless to say I’m rather concerned about this. Once upon a time conditional baptisms were done for converts to remove any doubt about the validity of their non-Catholic baptism. I wish that was still the policy. Indeed, it seems to me that the policy would be far more appropriate today than it was in earlier times when Protestant baptisms more often followed the traditional formula.
Does anyone know if one can request a conditional baptism today if some doubt arises about the original baptism? Should I refrain from receiving other sacraments until this doubt is resolved?