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Can You Baptize Yourself? #418536
09/06/18 07:02 PM
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Anna Offline OP
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I know the answer is "no," a person cannot baptize himself, but I don't know why. What is the reason?

Re: Can You Baptize Yourself? [Re: Anna] #418561
09/16/18 06:30 PM
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Anna:

Christ is in our midst!!

When we are baptized, the priest incorporates us into the Church. He is already a member of the Church and delegated to be able to incorporate new members into the Body of Christ.

If one were to baptize oneself, what would one be incorporating oneself into? Seems like some sort of circular action with no reference to anyone but oneself, certainly no reference to Christ or His Saving Body, the Church.

Bob


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