5.C.3 Rites and Catechesis After Baptism in Danger of Death

1. If an infant is baptized in danger of death by a Catholic cleric and the other ceremonies of the Rite of Baptism are omitted, but recovers, the Rite of Bringing a Baptized Child to the Church should be celebrated later. (See #5.1.4 Rite of Bringing a Baptized Child to the Church). This is to be recorded along with the ascription of the child to a Church sui iuris. [1] (See #5.G.4 Recording Catholic Baptism, Catechumenate and Election.)

2. If an infant is baptized by a Catholic lay person or a non-Catholic, either the Rite of Bringing a Baptized Child to the Church or the declaration of the Catholic parents should be used to clearly establish the enrollment of the infant or child into the Catholic Church. This is to be recorded along with the ascription of the child to a Church sui iuris. (See #5.1.4 Rite of Bringing a Baptized Child to the Church for a fuller discussion as well as #5.1.5 Reception of Infants into the Catholic Church and #5.G.4 Recording Catholic Baptism, Catechumenate and Election.)

3. If an adult is baptized in danger of death and recovers, he or she should be given suitable catechesis, be welcomed at the church and receive other sacraments of initiation as necessary according to the provision of RCIA, n. 374 [US]. A catechumen should promise to complete the usual catechesis according to RCIA, n. 370 [US].



[1] c. 535 ยง2, De Concordia Inter Codices


Date approved by Bishop


Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor