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Bishops’ spokesman assures UK parliament: no false baptism for immigrants

March 13, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: A spokesman for the Catholic bishops of England and Wales assured a parliamentary committee that immigrants cannot be baptized into the Catholic Church unless there is “a sense of real engagement.” Father Christopher Thomas, the general secretary of the episcopal conference, made that statement in response to concerns that some immigrants, after failing to obtain asylum, see baptism as “a ticket to something whether it’s true or not.”

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