Vatican orders slight change in text for baptism
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http://www.thecompassnews.org/2013/08/va...r-baptism/

By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service
August 22, 2013
Text to emphasize role of universal church

VATICAN CITY — To emphasis that the sacrament of baptism formally brings a person into the church of God and not just into a local Christian community, the Vatican has ordered a slight change of wording in the baptismal rite.

At the beginning of the rite, instead of saying, “the Christian community welcomes you with great joy,” the officiating minister will say, “the church of God welcomes you with great joy.”

“Baptism is the sacrament of faith in which people are incorporated into the one church of Christ, which subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the successor of Peter and the bishops in communion with him,” said the decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

The decree is dated Feb. 22 and was published in the latest issue of “Notitiae,” the congregation’s newsletter.

Signed by Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, congregation prefect, and Archbishop Arthur Roche, congregation secretary, the decree said the change to the wording in Latin and all local languages was approved Jan. 28 by Pope Benedict XVI; the pope resigned a month later.

The new wording, the decree said, better emphasizes Catholic doctrine that, through baptism, a person is incorporated into the universal church and not just into a parish.

Although the rest of the formula remains the same, by beginning with an affirmation of the entire church welcoming the one about to be baptized, the minister also makes clear that the sacrament is being administered in the name of the church and not just in the name of the local community.

Before the change, the approved English text read: “The Christian community welcomes you with great joy. In its name I claim you for Christ our savior by the sign of his cross.”

The decree said the change was to have gone into effect in the Latin text March 31.

Msgr. Rick Hilgartner, executive director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the bishops were due to have a preliminary draft translation of the Rite of Baptism of Children next year, so he believed the change would simply be incorporated in the revised edition as it is approved and published.
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I see no issues whatsoever with this.
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Sando Magister at Chiesa makes an interesting point:

Quote:The provision, which was worked up by the congregation for divine worship and the discipline of the sacraments, was published in the official bulletin of the dicastery, “Notitiae." Its existence was pointed out, amid the silence of the Vatican media, by the newspaper of the Italian episcopal conference, “Avvenire."

The whole article is quite interesting.

http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/art...0579?eng=y
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#4
Not the most ecumenical decision.... :P
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#5
I'll take the traditional Baptismal rite which was good enough for centuries. Again there is no need for these changes, this is change for the sake of change, the only thing that needs changing are people's hearts.
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If one is going to change it from "Christian community" to "the Church of God", why not really go all out and say specifically which Church that is? In other words, say Christ's, one true church, the Catholic Church.  I still think that "the Church of God" can mean a lot of things to many people.

But is this better? Yes.
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It's not up to any of us to decide whether we think this is good or not.  Hierarchy, remember?  That's part of being a (traditional) Catholic.
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(08-22-2013, 06:45 PM)lumine Wrote: It's not up to any of us to decide whether we think this is good or not.  Hierarchy, remember?  That's part of being a (traditional) Catholic.

Actually it's my understanding that Traditional Catholicism doesn't teach that you're not allowed to have an opinion on such matters.

But I'm not surprised that you *had* to bring this up..in a Traditional catholic forum.
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http://hughosb.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/...me-change/

Some commentary on the change. 
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(08-22-2013, 07:32 PM)Sant Anselmo Wrote: http://hughosb.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/...me-change/

Some commentary on the change. 

It's interesting that in the OP we find:

Baptism is the sacrament of faith in which people are incorporated into the one church of Christ, which subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the successor of Peter and the bishops in communion with him,” said the decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

So the CDWS still teaches that the one church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church.

So in reality, nothing's changed.
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