Letter: Catholics Should Care About Proper Baptisms
I was very distressed by people’s objections to the Roman Catholic Church using its authority over invalid baptisms (Lima News, February 22). In the case of baptism, Matthew quotes Jesus as commanding the 11 disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them all that I have given you. order. .” (Matthew 28: 19-20) (I don’t think he left room for self-composition there.)
In this letter, I am not speaking to those of other Christian denominations. They have their own rules. But to those Catholics who think it is the Church that is unjust and picky, let me offer this:
What if the President of the United States invented his own oath of office, different from the words prescribed in the constitution?
What if a doctor undergoing surgery changed the terminology and procedure of an operation?
So cafeteria Catholics, do we choose and do we choose to do what Christ has asked of us? If it’s passed down through the ages, tried and true, I know what I’d choose. Every sacrament that we Catholics have has words that cannot be changed or the sacrament is invalid, again, from Christ, through the apostles through the Holy Spirit of Pentecost.
There will always be contradictions in the church, but the teachings have survived because “the gates of hell will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18) and “I am with you to the end of time “. (Matthew 28:20)
These are His words, not mine.