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As stated in the Baltimore Catechism...

Q. Is Baptism necessary to salvation?

A. Baptism is necessary to salvation, because without it we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.

As explained by the Catechism of St. John Neumann...

Q. Why can we not be saved without Baptism?

A. Because we are cleansed from original sin only by Baptism.

Some Reflections...

"Jesus answered and said to him: Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith to him: How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born again? Jesus answered: Amen, amen, I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." (Jn. 3:3-6)

"The sacrament of Baptism is said to be necessary for salvation in so far as man cannot be saved without, at least, Baptism of desire; 'which, with God, counts for the deed' (Augustine, Enarrationes in Psalmos 57)." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church") [Note: 'Baptism of desire' would be applicable only to cases where it is NOT possible to receive the Sacrament of Baptism (try here for more on 'baptism of desire').]

"If any one saith that baptism is optional, that is, not necessary to salvation; let him be anathema." (Council of Trent)

"And because of the transgression of the first man, the whole stock of the human race was tainted; no one can be set free from the state of the old Adam save through Christ's sacrament of baptism." (Pope St. Leo I the Great, Doctor of the Church)


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