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Ask Fr. Francis: Can Non-Catholics Baptize?

The following is an excerpt from Fr. Francis Ching, CC answers tough questions about the Catholic faith.

Fr. Francis Ching PortraitQuestion:

Can a non catholic baptize a dying person if the dying person expresses a wish to become catholic?

Fr. Francis' answer: 

According to Church law (Canon Law), in danger of death, anyone, including a non-Catholic person, can administer the sacrament of baptism, providing the following conditions are met:

  • the person is in imminent danger of death,
  • the person expressed the desire to be baptized, or his/her next of kin can testify that he/she has previously expressed such desire, or the dying person is an infant and its parents expressed such desire...

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