Considering the Baptism of Edgardo Mortara in the Context of Catholic Teachings and Rituals Then and Now

  • Paul Turner
Keywords: emergency baptism, Edgardo Mortara, nineteenth-century baptism practices, salvation

Abstract

The baptism of one-year old Edgardo Mortara by a maid in his parental home in 1852 took place at an age when Catholics believed that salvation came only to those baptized, when the baptism of children was usually celebrated during a lengthy, complex ritual led by a priest at the parish church, yet when the church allowed and encouraged others - even laity - to perform baptism when, in their judgment, an emergency had arisen. Although the contemporary Catholic Church has modified these beliefs and practices, permissions and rules still govern the emergency baptism of children, even those of non-Christian parents.

Published
2019-04-09
How to Cite
Turner, P. (2019). Considering the Baptism of Edgardo Mortara in the Context of Catholic Teachings and Rituals Then and Now. Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, 14(1). https://doi.org/10.6017/scjr.v14i1.10999
Section
The Controversy over Edgardo Mortara