Saturday, July 05, 2008

The Codes of Canon Law and 'Baptism of Desire'

I do not mean to 'beat a dead horse', so to speak, but I recently encountered these texts for the first time: they are yet further support for the Catholic doctrine of 'Baptism of Desire'.

From the 1917 Codex Iuris Canonici:

"Can. 737, § 1: Baptism, the gateway and foundation of the Sacraments, necessary for all for salvation in re or at least in desire, is not validly conferred except by washing with true and natural water along with the prescribed formula of words."

Can. 737, § 1: Baptismus, Sacramentorum ianua ac fundamentum, omnibus in re vel saltem in voto necessarius ad salutem, valide non confertur, nisi per ablutionem aquae verae et naturalis cum praescripta verborum forma.

From the 1983 Codex Iuris Canonici:

"Can. 849: Baptism, the gateway to the Sacraments, necessary for salvation in re or at least in desire, through which men are freed from sins, are reborn as children of God, and, configured to Christ by an indelible character, are incorporated into the Church, is validly conferred only by a washing of true water with the proper form of words."

Can. 849: Baptismus, ianua sacramentorum, in re vel saltem in voto ad salutem necessarius, quo homines a peccatis liberantur, in Dei filios regenerantur atque indelebili charactere Christo configurati Ecclesiae incorporantur, valide confertur tantummodo per lavacrum aquae verae cum debita verborum forma.

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