conditional baptism


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conditional baptism

Christian baptism administered when there is doubt whether a person has already been baptized or whether a former baptism is valid.
See also: Baptism
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San Francisco--The "conditional baptism" administered to Luci Baines Johnson, 18-year-old daughter of President Lyndon Johnson, was initially seen as a blow against ecumenism, but has resulted in a better interreli-gious understanding, said Episcopal Bishop James Pike of California.
In addition, the practice of "conditional baptism", a pastoral option officially intended for cases of genuine doubt about the validity of a person's earlier baptism, was also widely--and erroneously--used in the reception of "dissident" Eastern Christians up to the era of Vatican II itself, and afterwards was practised occasionally in parts of Eastern Europe.
Even conditional Baptism is no longer required unless there is reasonable doubt about the validity of the earlier baptism--and this is generally done privately.
Until Vatican II, conditional baptism was practised in such cases -- often thoughtlessly.

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