[quote="ianjmatt, post:9, topic:299640"]
Very helpful - thank you.
Why is ti different when it comes to baptism then, when only the correct form being used is sufficient?
Umm... it isn't different for baptism! You still need form, matter, and intention. The form is the rite of baptism (at the very least, the proper baptismal formula 'I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit'), the matter is water, and the intention is to baptize into the Christian faith. What's different is that it isn't necessary to be a priest in order to baptize -- in danger of death, any person may baptize. In ordinary circumstances, an ordained person should be the one celebrating the baptism.
btw, the reason Lapey said "under the age of reason" doesn't have anything to do with him being a deacon, per se -- it has to do with the fact that, for teens and adults, the proper way to initiate a person is through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, which is a process that culminates at the Easter vigil, and includes baptism, First Communion, and confirmation (as applicable to the particular person). Although confirmation usually requires a bishop, a priest can get permission (and usually has it in general) to do this in his parish at the Easter vigil...