Catechism in a Year
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
257. Who can receive Baptism?
Every person not yet baptized is able to receive Baptism.
Further reading: CCC 1246-1252
258. Why does the Church baptize infants?
The church baptizes infants because they are born with original sin. They need to be freed from the power of the Evil One and brought into the realm of freedom which belongs to the children of God.
Further reading: CCC 1250
259. What is required of one who is to be baptized?
Everyone who is to be baptized is required to make a profession of faith. This is done personally in the case of an adult or by the parents and by the Church in the case of infants. Also the godfather or the godmother and the whole ecclesial community share the responsibility for baptismal preparation (catechumenate) as well as for the development and safeguarding of the faith and grace given at baptism.
Further reading: CCC 1253-1255
These excerpts are from the Compendium of the CCC.