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Roman Catholic Church Rejects Feminist "Baptism"

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    Holy See Rejects Feminist Baptism Affirms That Church Must Follow Christ s Mandate VATICAN CITY, FEB. 29, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The Congregation for the
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2008
      Holy See Rejects Feminist "Baptism"

      Affirms That Church Must Follow Christ's Mandate

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 29, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The Congregation for the
      Doctrine of the Faith clarified that two formulae for baptism that
      remove the masculine names for God are invalid and undermine faith
      in the Trinity.

      The congregation's statement, made public today, responded to two
      questions concerning the validity of baptism conferred without
      referring to God the Father and Son.

      The first question is: "Is a baptism valid if conferred with the
      words 'I baptize you in the name of the Creator, and of the
      Redeemer, and of the Sanctifier,' or 'I baptize you in the name of
      the Creator, and of the Liberator, and of the Sustainer'?"

      The second question is: "Must people baptized with those formulae be
      baptized 'in forma absoluta'?"

      The responses are: "To the first question, negative; to the second
      question, affirmative."

      Benedict XVI, during a recent audience with Cardinal William Levada,
      prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, approved
      these responses, which were adopted at the ordinary session of the
      congregation. The Pope ordered their publication.

      The text of the responses bears the signatures of Cardinal Levada
      and of Archbishop Angelo Amato, secretary of the dicastery.

      An attached note, signed by Monsignor Antonio Miralles, professor of
      dogmatic theology at the Pontifical Holy Cross University, explained
      that the responses "concern the validity of baptism conferred with
      two English-language formulae within the ambit of the Catholic
      Church. [...] Clearly, the question does not concern English but the
      formula itself, which could also be expressed in another language."

      "Baptism conferred in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy
      Spirit," the note continued, "obeys Jesus' command as it appears at
      the end of the Gospel of St. Matthew. [...] The baptismal formula
      must be an adequate expression of Trinitarian faith, approximate
      formulae are unacceptable."

      "Variations to the baptismal formula -- using non-biblical
      designations of the Divine Persons -- as considered in this reply,
      arise from so-called feminist theology," being an attempt "to avoid
      using the words Father and Son which are held to be chauvinistic,
      substituting them with other names," the note clarified. "Such
      variants, however, undermine faith in the Trinity."

      In a commentary on the responses, Cardinal Urbano Navarrete, former
      rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, clarified: "The
      response of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
      constitutes an authentic doctrinal declaration, which has wide-
      ranging canonical and pastoral effects. Indeed, the reply implicitly
      affirms that people who have been baptized, or who will in the
      future be baptized, with the formulae in question have, in reality,
      not been baptized.

      "Hence, they must them be treated for all canonical and pastoral
      purposes with the same juridical criteria as people whom the Code of
      Canon Law places in the general category of 'non-baptized.'"

      This implies that if they have received other sacraments, they are
      invalid as well and should be re-administered.

      Source: http://www.zenit.org/article-21929?l=english
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