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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Baptism

In this episode of The Catholic Talk Show, the guys discuss the history and theology of the Sacrament of Baptism, choosing Godparents, and more.

Episode 160:
In this episode, we will discuss:
• Why is Baptism necessary?
• Who can be baptized?
• Who can be a Godparent? What do they even do?
• Why there is an Exorcism at every Baptism
• Why did Jesus get baptized?
• Why anybody can baptize in an emergency
• The prayers of the Catholic Rite of Baptism
• and much more


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2 comments on 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Baptism

  1. Andrea says:

    Hi guys,
    Yes, I do love your podcasts! This was a great idea for a podcast and a great podcast.

    My godparents weren’t selected to raise me in case both parents died. They were selected because they were personal favorites of my parents. People they loved and trusted but really didn’t expect either of them to raise me. Both individuals were middle-aged for one thing. So weren’t my parents. I was a late in life baby. I wasn’t taken out of the house in public until I was baptized as a safety feature. Most babies at that time were baptized within a month if not sooner. I think I still have my baptismal certificate decades later.

    My baptism left an indelible mark on my life. I was reminded of it often and then when I took lessons for confirmation it was brought to the foreground again in my life. As an adult I have always been grateful for my baptism. I am grateful to my oldest sister for my baptismal name as she thought I should be named after my grandfather Andrew and not my Aunt Germaine. I owe her big time for that. Everyone dressed up for Mass during the fifties so everyone at my Baptism was dressed nicely and not casually.

    Old Testament baptisms were done for the purpose of redemption. All mortal and venial sins were forgiven. Adults were baptized.
    New Testament baptisms are done for the purpose of salvation. Mostly babies are baptized.

    Now the godparents are required to have received confirmation as well as baptism which I think is a bit much. The fact they promise to feed, clothe, educate and shelter someone else’s child is a biggie. The fact they promise to bring that child up in the faith is a biggie. Confirmation should be optional and not mandatory. How many people can be found in anyone’s life that wants such enormous responsibilities!!? I think the godparents should at least believe in God but not necessarily have to be Catholic themselves.

    In case of emergency the only thing I know about how to baptize someone quickly would be to say “I now baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” I don’t know what else should be said or done. I guess that is all that would be needed at such a time.

    BTW, I love the whole idea of sock religious!

    I think the smartest way to ask for a donation for Fr. Pagano’s new church is to ask for a one time donation instead of a monthly debt. Everyone has enough of those. You guys have a lot of sponsors now to take care of. A sign of how much you have grown in audience.

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