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Author:  Petronius [ Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Baptism: An ordinance

In the Roman Catholic Church Baptism is a Sacrament. Is Baptism also an ordinance in the Catholic Church?

Author:  Obi-Wan Kenobi [ Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Baptism: An ordinance

I'm not familiar with the term "ordinance" in this context. What do you mean by it?

Author:  Doom [ Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Baptism: An ordinance

Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
I'm not familiar with the term "ordinance" in this context. What do you mean by it?


That's the Calvinist term since they don't believe in the concept of 'sacraments.'

Author:  Obi-Wan Kenobi [ Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Baptism: An ordinance

I'm wondering what he thinks it might mean in a Catholic context.

Author:  Petronius [ Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Baptism: An ordinance

Is not ordinance an equivalent of sacrament?

Author:  Obi-Wan Kenobi [ Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Baptism: An ordinance

Catholic theology doesn't use the word "ordinance," and I'm a little reluctant to say they're the same thing because of associations you might bring with you from previous use of the word.

Author:  ThomisticCajunAggie [ Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Baptism: An ordinance

Ordinance could mean "something we are required to do" and in that sense, I suppose baptism could be called an ordinance.

However, I think it would be a bad idea for Catholics (especially American Catholics) to use that terminology, because it is used in evangelical contexts to mean "something we do because Jesus told us to do it" which they use to distinguish it from more classical positions on the sacramental graces conferred in baptism (or communion).

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