EWTN Catholic Q&A
Unknown baptismal status
Question from D.C. on 01-30-2013:

I am adopting a child from a predominantly Catholic country, but there are no records to indicate whether she was baptized. Is the lack of an available baptismal record reason enough to request she be baptized once I legally adopt her?

Answer by Catholic Answers on 01-30-2013:


Yes, but given that there is a possibility that she might have been baptized, you should request a conditional baptism. A conditional baptismal formula begins, "If you are not already baptized, I baptize you...."

Michelle Arnold
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