Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas
TP: Treatise On The Sacraments
Q[67] Of The Ministers By Whom The Sacrament Of Baptism Is Conferred
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We have now to consider the ministers by whom the sacrament of Baptism is conferred. And concerning this there are eight points of inquiry:

A[1] Whether it belongs to a deacon to baptize?

A[2] Whether this belongs to a priest, or to a bishop only?

A[3] Whether a layman can confer the sacrament of Baptism?

A[4] Whether a woman can do this?

A[5] Whether an unbaptized person can baptize?

A[6] Whether several can at the same time baptize one and the same person?

A[7] Whether it is essential that someone should raise the person baptized from the sacred font?

A[8] Whether he who raises someone from the sacred font is bound to instruct him?