Questions and Answers

1265. By which three sacraments is Christian initiation accomplished? (CCC 1275) Christian initiation is accomplished by the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
1266. What is the New Testament locus classicus for the Church’s obligation to baptise? (CCC 1276) The New Testament locus classicus for the Church’s obligation to baptise is Mt 28.
1267. Is Baptism necessary for salvation? (CCC 1277) Yes, Baptism is necessary for salvation.
1268. In what does the essential rite of Baptism consist? (CCC 1278) The essential rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water or pouring water on his head while pronouncing the invocation of the Holy Trinity.
1269. What are the two main fruits of Baptism? (CCC 1279) The two main fruits of Baptism are:
1. forgiveness of all sins
2. birth into supernatural life.
1270. What does Baptism imprint on the soul? (CCC 1280) Baptism imprints on the soul an indelible character (mark), which consecrates the faithful:
1. to participate in the Liturgy
2. to exercise his baptismal priesthood in life.
1271. Under which circumstances can a non-baptised possibly be saved? (CCC 1281) A non-baptised can possibly be saved:
1. if he dies for the Faith
2. or, if he dies while desiring baptism
3. or, if he sought God sincerely without knowing Christ and the Church.
1272. Why can Baptism be administered to little children? (CCC 1282) Baptism can be administered to little children, because it is a grace and a gift of God that does not presuppose any human merit.
1273. What does the Church say regarding little children who die unbaptised? (CCC 1283) Regarding little children who die unbaptised, the Church invites the faithful:
1. to trust in God’s mercy
2. to pray for their salvation.
1274. Under what condition can any person baptise in case of necessity? (CCC 1284) In case of necessity any person can baptise under the condition that:
1. he has the intention of doing what the Church does
2. he pours water on the candidate’s head
3. he says: I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.