Sign of the Cross at baptism

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner


Q: In the baptism of an infant, at the time of doing the sign of the Cross on the baby’s forehead and inviting the parents and godparents to do the same, what happen if one of the infant’s parents is not Catholic? Should we invite them to do it anyway?

A: Invite the non-Catholic parent to make the sign of the cross on the child. If a parent is non-Christian, he or she does not have to do it. The Rite of Baptism for Children does not consider this circumstance, but the revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony makes several concessions for non-believers.