Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Common Agreement on Baptism

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of baptism with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Why is this common agreement needed?

  1. Will PCUSA pastors have to change how they celebrate baptism?
  2. In the Presbyterian Church (USA) we invite all baptized persons to share in the Lord’s Supper. Does this mean that we can take Holy Communion in one another’s churches?
  3. What does it mean that written attestations of Baptism, including the liturgical formula used must be provided and why is this important?
  4. When will this Common Agreement become effective?
  5. What can I do to help make this Agreement meaningful?


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  1. Generally speaking, I feel your fellowship might be one with which I , and my wife, might be comfortable with. One doctrinal "issue" we have is on how you interpret the doctrine of predestination. Could you please send something via an email reply which explains the Presbyterian teaching on that subject?

    by Woodrow Hilliard

    June 18, 2014