infant baptism question

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Registered: 10-17-2003
infant baptism question
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Tue, 10-21-2003 - 1:29pm
Can a child be baptized, without joining the Catholic church. I'm looking into this issue because my boyfriend and I are of different faiths, I'm Catholic. HIs church is against infant baptism and clearly I support it.

And what can I say to defend infant baptism what he says it isn't litterly in the Bible, which is true.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 10-21-2003 - 3:39pm
When he married you he said that he undertood your obligation to Baptize the children and raise them Catholic. Is he now going back on his word? Christ said "Do not hinder the Little children to come to me!" Christ Himself was presented to God in the Temple 8 days after His birth as Christians now present their children in the Church for Baptism.
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Registered: 10-17-2003
Tue, 10-21-2003 - 5:00pm
We're not married. I was speaking of hypothetical children. This being a big issue, we're discussing this before we get engaged, something we're considering.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 10-21-2003 - 5:28pm
My fault I read "husband" instead of "boyfriend" for some reason.

When you request permission from your Bishop to marry a non-Catholic Christian. Your boyfriend will need to state to your pastor that he does understand the obligation that the Church places on you, being the Catholic party, to Baptize and raise your children in the Catholic Faith.

I would suggest that both of you read together the Catholic Catechism on Marriage, Chridren and Baptism. The Catechism does have many Biblical as well as early Christian references to infant and children Baptism. It's not something new it's implied in the Bible and clearly spoken of in the early Church especially after about 200AD.