Augustine: Infant Baptism Is The Apostolic And Universal Practice Of The Church

by St. Augustine of Hippo

What the universal Church holds, not as instituted by councils but as something always held, is most correctly believed to have been handed down by apostolic authority. Since others respond for children, so that the celebration of the sacrament may be complete for them, it is certainly availing to them for their consecration, because they themselves are not able to respond.

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