My I baptize my nephew without his parents' knowledge?
My nephew is four years old and has not been baptized. His parents do not want him baptized, so can I go ahead and baptize him without their knowledge?
Ordinarily, you cannot baptize him against the will of his parents. However, you could baptize him under the following conditions:
For an infant to be baptized licitly:
An infant of Catholic parents or even of non-Catholic parents is baptized licitly in danger of death even against the will of the parents. (CIC 868 §§1-2)
- the parents or at least one of them or the person who legitimately takes their place must consent
- there must be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion; if such hope is altogether lacking, the baptism is to be delayed according to the prescripts of particular law after the parents have been advised about the reason.