I attended LA Congress 2017 and your session on Catholic Weddings, but not attend the session on the Priest in the RCIA. I did get the recording.
I was recently listening to it, and coincidentally reading Joseph Fitzmyer’s The Acts of the Apostles when I can across the passage:
Acts 10:48 – “So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.”
I’m sure you know where I’m going here. I have attached the audio from your session from 8:50 – 10:00.
My question is: Would the Church today consider those baptisms mentioned in Act 10:48 as valid, or do they take that passage of scripture as an inaccurate accounting of what actually occurred? This chapter of Acts is an extremely important one, where Cornelius receives the holy Spirit without being baptized and precipitates the whole mission to the gentiles.
Thank for considering this question,
Thanks for your question.
The Catholic Church would never question the validity of the baptism in Acts 10:48. Nor would we ever consider the account “inaccurate”.
In time, the Matthean formula won out as the way that we baptize, I’m sure because it is attributed to Jesus himself.