If a person of another religion decides to become a Catholic, why should he or she be baptized again?

There is only a Baptism of water in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The church accepts the Baptism of other Christian denominations if they fulfill these two essential elements of the sacrament according to Scripture. If a person was so baptized, the Catholic church accepts it and then the person only fulfills some requisites (like the public profession of faith) in order to be received in the Catholic church. If the Baptism was not with water and in the name of the Trinity, the church understands there was no Baptism and therefore asks for the rites of Christian initiation, which start with Baptism.


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