Is faith necessary for adults in baptism?


#1

Is faith necessary for an adult to be validly baptized? I know for infants its obviously not necessary. However, for those who have reached the age of reason, do they have to believe for the sacrament to work?


#2

Adults must have faith for baptism to be valid but it need not be a fully developed faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) explains, “The faith required for Baptism is not a perfect and mature faith, but a beginning that is called to develop. The catechumen or the godparent is asked: “What do you ask of God’s Church?” The response is: “Faith!” For all the baptized, children or adults, faith must grow after Baptism” (CCC 1253-1254).


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