5.1.8 Baptism of Infant of Eastern Catholics-Non Catholic Christians or Non-Baptized Parents

1. If even one parent of an infant to be baptized is an Eastern Catholic, the provisions in #3.6.1 Pastoral Care of Eastern Catholics in General are to be followed.

2. If an infant of Eastern Orthodox parents is presented for baptism, apart from danger of death or the reception of the parents into full communion, the chancery is to be consulted. [1]

3. If an infant of non-Catholic parents is presented for baptism, apart from danger of death or the baptism or reception of a parent into the Catholic faith, and for some reason that merits consideration, [2] it is recommended that the chancery be consulted. (See #4.1.4.8 Baptism of Infants of Non-Catholic Christians.)



[1] CCEO c. 681 §5. The possibility of baptizing the child of Orthodox or other Christians (baptized) who do not intend the child to become Catholic is now provided by c. 868 §3, De Concordia Inter Codices.

[2] Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Instruction on Infant Baptism, Instructio de baptismo parvulorum, Pastoralis actio (October 20, 1980) n. 30.


Date approved by Bishop


Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor