Frequently I have restated my baptismal vows at Mass. Granted my original baptism happened when I was only months old. The priest then sprinkles the congragation with holy water. Does this renewed baptismal vow now engage the sacrament of baptism if their was unknowingly no valid baptism in the first place?
There are near death cases where non-clergy baptize. There are cases where Protestant baptism is accepted and assumed valid and no Catholic baptism is given. With billions of Catholics, there could be cases where a parent had twenty children and accidentally baptized one child twice and one not at all.
I have always considered renewed baptismal vows at Mass a safty net for anyone who did not properly recieve the sacrament of baptism in the first place. I thought that renewed baptismal vows at Mass would kick in and sacramentally baptize a person who did not properly recieve the sacrament of baptism in the first place. Is this true or not true?
Some people state that renewed marriage vows at Mass cannot renew a sacrament that never existed. If this is true, is this the same with renewed baptismal vows? If the sacrament of baptism is never recieved at an official baptism, are renewed baptismal vows at Mass non-effective and the person is simply not a member of Christ’s church in line for salvation?
[quote=Dr. Colossus]You can’t “renew” vows for a marriage that never existed.
Peace in Christ,