Episode 39: The Sacrament of Baptism
March 15th, 2023
41 mins 42 secs
About this Episode
0:16 – Archbishop Vigneron, Mary, and Mike greet each other.
1:18 – The cohosts catch up on the month since our last episode. Mike asks the Archbishop if there’s a particular Lent that is especially memorable for him.
1:54 – Mary asks the Archbishop if he has any advice for Catholics about how to respond to the recent shootings at Michigan State University.
5:03 – The Archbishop explains the Rite of Election, an important step for those coming into the Church as adults at the Easter Vigil.
10:03 – Mike reflects on his experience of the Rite of Election as a catechist this year.
12:47 – Mary introduces this month’s main topic, the Sacrament of Baptism. She asks the Archbishop to give a brief overview of this sacrament—both the actions and the effects of the sacrament on the soul of the baptized.
19:56 – Mike and the Archbishop discuss Pope Francis’ analogy of baptism as a doorway through which we access the other sacraments.
22:04 – The Archbishop explains why, in contrast to some other Christian denominations, the Catholic Church chooses to baptize infants.
24:17 – Mary asks the Archbishop about some of the differences between the Western and Eastern churches with respect to the ordering of the sacraments of initiation (baptism, communion, confirmation).
27:02 – The Archbishop explains that ordinarily, bishops, priests, and deacons are the ministers of baptism. However, in emergency situations, anyone (even the non-baptized) can baptize, as long as they intend to do what the Church intends, they use water to baptize, and they say the proper words of baptism.
29:28 – The Archbishop shares what some theologians teach about what may happen to those who die not having been baptized.
32:16 – The Archbishop shares his own experience baptizing individuals.
39:37 – The Archbishop shares his prayer intentions for the month and closes the episode with a prayer and blessing.