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Old 1st October 2010, 01:24 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Originally Posted by myLivingBread View Post
he then converted to EO with the reason: "It was at an Eastern Orthodox website I found answers that historically the early church had been baptizing by immersion and that only on special situation pouring on the head was done."

The Church has authority over the Sacraments, even to the extent of changing the form, permitting one form and not another. So Baptism can be permitted to occur with pouring, rather than immersion. However, Bl. Emmerich tells us that the Apostles, under Jesus' immediate supervision and instruction, baptized by pouring.

Also, the book The Teaching of the Church Fathers (Willis) has numerous quotes showing that the early Church Baptized by pouring as well as immersion.
Ron Conte
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