Even if the
non-Catholics who performed the baptism would allow it, it would not be
appropriate for a Catholic to participate. First, it has always been the
teaching of the Church to not participate in religious ceremonies held by those
outside the Church. For example, consider these quotes...
"None must either
pray or sing psalms with heretics; and whomsoever shall communicate with those
who are cut off from the Communion of the Church, whether clergymen or laic, let
him be excommunicated." (Council of Carthage, 398 A.D.)
Whoever in any manner willingly and knowingly helps in the promulgation of
heresy, or who communicates in things divine with heretics against the
prescriptions of Canon 1258, is suspected of heresy." (1917 Code of Canon Law)
Also note that St.
Augustine says the following regarding Baptism outside the Church...
Church baptism can be put in you but it cannot avail you (inesse potuit, non prodesse)." (St. Augustine, Doctor
of the Church, 5th century A.D.)
traditional teaching of the Church is to shun heresy, as per the biblical
"After a first
and second warning, break off contact with a heretic, realizing that such a
person is perverted and sinful and stands self-condemned." (St. Paul, Ti.
Heresy & schism are
serious matters that greatly offend God. For example, consider this quote from
St. Charles Borromeo...
"It is a certain,
well-established fact that no other crime so seriously offends God and provokes
His greatest wrath as the vice of heresy. Nothing contributes more to the ruin
of provinces and kingdoms than this frightful pest." (St. Charles Borromeo)
For many more quotes
on heresy/schism, try
Third, by being a
Godparent, one takes a responsibility with respect to instructing the
child in the correct faith...
godmothers are bound to see that their spiritual children are instructed in the
truths of faith..." (Baltimore Catechism)
...which would seem impossible with
those outside the Church.
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