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Can non-Catholic parents request the Catholic Church to  baptize their baby? Also can both sponsors be non Catholics. This happen recently.

ANSWER: No, to both questions.  If you think about it, it is logical and obvious why not.

In the first case, the Church would have no certainty that the child would be raised in the true (traditional) Catholic Faith, not in heretical Protestantism.  The child, when he grows up, will have to request Baptism himself.

In the second case, sponsors (godparents) cannot be non-Catholic because the function of the godparent is to ensure the religious training of the child in the true (traditional) Catholic Faith, in case the parents fail in that duty.  Non-Catholics (heretical, pagan, atheistic, etc.), who do not have the true Faith, obviously cannot fulfill that role.

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QUESTION: Thank you for your answer.
How could a Catholic priest baptized him?
How could it be  valid in the eyes of the church?

Baptism by anyone, including an atheist, is valid, BUT NOT LICIT EXCEPT IN CASE OF TRUE EMERGENCY, as long as the traditional Trinitarian formula is used, water is poured over the forehead, and the one baptizing intends to do what the Church does.

The person that you are describing as a "Catholic priest" appears to be not that at all, but one of those unordained "presbyters" of the New Order sect, which is not Catholic.  Such "presbyters" are not ordained as priests to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but are merely "installed to preside over the assembly of the people" like a Protestant minister.  They do not offer Holy Mass, but the Protestantized New Order service in vernacular tongues.  


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