[quote="markomalley, post:2, topic:330665"]
If she baptized you with the Trinitarian forumula (I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit -- or Holy Ghost) and used water either by immersion or flowing...and if her intent was to do what the Church intended...then you are validly baptized.
As far as the Patriotic Catholic Association, I believe most of their bishops are validly consecrated (although I think some of them are illicit). From my understanding, their sacraments are valid.
Having said that, I would personally be very cautious about the sacrament of Penance in a Patriotic Catholic Association parish...I would not at all be surprised if the confessionals are bugged.
Thank you :D
I still have doubts about the validity of my baptism though. Canon law only makes provisions for a lay person to baptize when the person is in danger (i.e. close to death):
***Can. 861 §1. The ordinary minister of baptism is a bishop, a presbyter, or a deacon, without prejudice to the prescript of ⇒ can. 530, n. 1.
§2. When an ordinary minister is absent or impeded, a catechist or another person designated for this function by the local ordinary, or in a case of necessity any person with the right intention, confers baptism licitly. Pastors of souls, especially the pastor of a parish, are to be concerned that the Christian faithful are taught the correct way to baptize.***
However outside the danger of death, Canon law states:
***Can. 868 §1. For an infant to be baptized licitly:
1/ the parents or at least one of them or the person who legitimately takes their place must consent;
2/ there must be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion; if such hope is altogether lacking, the baptism is to be delayed according to the prescripts of particular law after the parents have been advised about the reason.***
I was baptized with no hope of being raised in the Catholic faith, my parents are non-practicing and do not attend Mass (religion has always just been a cultural identity to them). Recently I have wanted to become closer to my Catholic faith...I really believe that the baptism I received as an infant was nothing else but water.
I feel that I should be properly baptized by a Priest or Deacon in Church with the full rite.