Hi Mark, I was wondering if you might be able to help me with a question. I was baptized as a baby in the Byzantine Catholic rite. I never lived in a country where the Byzantine rite was widely practiced (I’ve only lived in Switzerland and the US) and growing up, I attended Latin rite masses 95% of the time. My parents would take me to a Byzantine rite mass maybe twice a year. Today, I only attend Latin rite masses. Given this information, am I bound by the Byzantine rite rules (such as no meat on Fridays year round, as well as their special dietary requirements during Lent) or does the Latin rite rules apply to me? I’ve asked several priests about this but none of them could tell me. I would appreciate any information you might have on this.
St. Ambrose remarked that in Milan they fasted on Thursdays and Saturday, but in Rome they fasted on Wednesday and Friday. So when in Rome he followed local custom and when in Milan he followed Milanese customs. If you are typically going to a Latin rite Church, just follow Latin custom. Your baptism was into the Catholic Church, not into a particular rite.
Hope that helps!
Thank you very much, Mark! That does help. I made sure to baptize my daughter in the Latin rite to avoid her this confusion haha!
Any baptism by anybody that uses the Trinitarian formula and sufficient water to flow (including by an atheist) is reckoned as valid by the Catholic Church (since, by doing what the Church asks, the baptizer is reckoned as trying to be obedient to the will of Christ). So there is no such thing as Catholic/protestant/Byzantine/Evangelical/Orthodox/insert 31 flavors here Baptism. There’s just Baptism. Period.
That is why we “profess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins” in the Creed and that is why people joining the Catholic Church from other Christian traditions are not re-baptized. Valid Baptism is a powerful link of unity between the various Christian traditions. Every validly baptized person is already in a real bond of communion with the Church.