Baptism of Desire and Theological Principles by Fr. Cekada
In fairness, it should be noted that baptism of desire and baptism of blood are teachings proximate to faith, sententiae fidei proxima, that is, doctrines which are regarded by theologians generally as truths of revelation but which have not yet been finally promulgated as such by the Church.

The necessity of water Baptism itself for salvation, however, is a teaching of divine and catholic faith (de fide), that is, an immediately revealed truth. The belief due to them is based on the authority of God revealing (fides divina), and if the Church, through its teaching, vouches for the fact that a truth is contained in revelation, one's certainty is then also based on the authority of the infallible teaching authority of the church (fides catholica).
Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, Ludwig Ott Wrote:"Baptism by water (baptismus fluminis) is, since the promulgation of the Gospel, necessary for all men without exception, for salvation." (De fide)

"In case of emergency, baptism by water can be replaced by baptism of desire or baptism of blood." (Sent. fidei prox.)

It's not an entirely settled matter.

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Re: Baptism of Desire and Theological Principles by Fr. Cekada - by Vetus Ordo - 12-30-2011, 02:27 PM

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