From the June 30, 1962 issue of America:
The recent decree of the Sacred Congregation of Rites authorizing baptism of adults in seven stages, instead of all at once, underlined many significant facts. As Fr. Frederick R. McManus, president of the Liturgical Conference, pointed out, the change stresses the sacrament’s social nature. It is a sign that the Church is anxious to demonstrate that this is a public rite, not simply a private affair.
The Congregation of Rites itself acknowledged that certain baptismal details—touching the forehead, the use of salt and oil—might be considered indelicate or superstitious in certain countries. The bishops may now eliminate them. This goes far toward settling an old controversy in the Church. Continue reading