The rules on baptism are meant to be followed
Canon Lawyer Ed Peters on Baptism: You might recall when I [Ed Peters] blogged against using baptismal formulae contrived to avoid masculine nouns for Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I said back in 2004 that such ‘baptisms’ were invalid, and that people who received ‘baptism’ under them were not even Christian, let alone Catholic. Looks like CDF agrees.
Read about today’s authentic doctrinal declaration from CDF here: http://www.canonlaw.info/2008/02/rules-on-baptism-are-meant-to-be.html
Phil Lawler of Catholic World News (www.cwn.com) wrote: Today's news from the Vatican could be shocking to the parents of children who have been welcomed into liberal Catholic parishes– but, as it turns out, not validly baptized! But now some serious question remain:
• Will those parents ever hear about this very important Vatican statement
• Will the pastors responsible for these invalid baptisms take immediate corrective action?
• Will bishops– who are responsible for the proper administration of the sacraments in their dioceses– make sure that the invalid formula is dropped?
Baptism is no light matter. If pastors don't respond vigorously to this alert from Rome, it can only mean that they have lost interest in the sacramental life of the Church. For Phil's complete news story on this, click here.
For Zenit on this Issue: Click here