For all the baptized, children or adults, faith must grow
Baptism. For this reason the Church celebrates each year at the Easter
Vigil the renewal of baptismal promises. Preparation for Baptism
leads only to the threshold of new life. Baptism is the source of that
new life in Christ fromwhich the entire Christian life springs forth.
For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parents’ help is impor
tant. So too is the role of the
who must be firm
believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized—child or adult—
on the road of Christian life.
Their task is a truly ecclesial function
The whole ecclesial community bears some responsibility
for the development and safeguarding of the grace given at Baptism.
The ordinary ministers of Baptism are the bishop and
priest and, in the Latin Church, also the deacon.
In case of
necessity, anyone, even a non-baptized person, with the required
intention, can baptize,
by using the Trinitarian baptismal for-
mula. The intention required is to will to do what the Church does
when she baptizes. The Church finds the reason for this possibility
in the universal saving will of God and the necessity of Baptism for
The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for
He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel
to all nations and to baptize them.
Baptism is necessary for
salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and
who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament.
Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that
assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not
to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all
who can be baptized are “reborn of water and the Spirit.”
bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound
by his sacraments.
55 Cf. CIC, cann. 872-874.
57 Cf. CIC, can. 861 § 1; CCEO, can. 677 § 1.
58 CIC, can. 861 § 2.
28:19-20; cf. Council of Trent (1547) DS 1618;