Should we confirm Lutherans?

2 thoughts on “Should we confirm Lutherans?”

  1. I have a question about a similar case, with the exception that it is a baptized Lutheran, 8 year old. Would the candidate do the same as the post above (reception into full communion-Confirmation-1st Communion) or reception into full communion-1st Communion and age appropiate Confirmation?

    1. Hi JC,

      The age of reason is definitely an age appropriate for confirmation! And since the child has reached the age of reason, confirmation is required as part of his reception into the full communion.

      In Paul Turner’s, When Other Christians Become Catholic, he cites Canon 885.2, which says:

      “A presbyter who has this faculty [the faculty to receive non-Catholics into full communion and confirm them] must use it for those in whose favor the faculty was granted.”

      Turner then goes on to say, “Consequently, if a priest is receiving a baptized child into the Catholic Church through the rite of reception, he must confirm the child as well. This should win ready approval from the parties involved because the child will benefit from the gifts of the Spirit at a very early age.” (Page 143)

      Blessings on all your fine work.

      Nick

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