Last night I was watching a news show about a family raising quintuplets, in one scene of which they showed the infants being baptized by their grandfather, a protestant pastor. When performing the baptisms, the pastor dipped his hand in water, placed it on top of the child’s head, and said “I baptize you in the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. There was no immersion, pouring, or sprinkling of any kind, simply a wet hand held against the top of the head. This brought to mind 2 questions:
Primarily, were these baptisms even valid from a Catholic point of view? I didn’t think that they were, but maybe there’s a recognized form of baptism of which I’m unaware.
Secondly, and slightly off topic for this forum, does anyone know if there are any protestant denominations who use this type of baptism? I’m assuming they weren’t a fundamentalist sect since they were baptizing infants but it wasn’t made clear (at least from what I saw) to which denomination they belonged.