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Baptism - Baptism of Desire
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Part of Baptism:

1. Sacrament of Baptism

2. Baptism of Desire

Historical sketch. The Fathers of the Church, interpreting the message of the Scriptures, taught that there was no salvation outside the baptism and faith of the Church. During the Middle Ages theologians began to reflect systematically on the ways in which grace is accessible to men outside of the visible boundaries of the Church. It was generally taught that while the sacraments are the normal means of grace, the perfect disposition to receive …

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Gregory Baum, “Baptism - Baptism of Desire”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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