Is it allowable to
baptize someone without faith in order that they may obtain faith?
Is it allowable to
baptize someone who is not repentant so that they might see their grave errors
and then repent?
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No on both accounts.
Faith and repentance must precede Baptism. According to the Catechism of the
Council of Trent...
"Besides a wish
to be baptized, in order to obtain the grace of the Sacrament, faith is also
necessary. Our Lord and Savior has said: He that believes and is baptized shall
be saved... Another necessary condition is repentance for past sins, and a fixed
determination to avoid all sin in the future. Should anyone desire Baptism and
be unwilling to correct the habit of sinning, he should be altogether rejected.
For nothing is so opposed to the grace and power of Baptism as the intention and
purpose of those who resolve never to abandon sin."
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