Why Is Confirmation Important

Why is Confirmation so important to the Catholic church?

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thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The main reason for the importance of Confirmation in the modern Roman Catholic Church has to do with the practice of infant baptism. The earliest Christians were adult converts who were baptized as adults. In antiquity, it was common for people to hold off on baptism until they were close to death, due to the the heinousness of post-baptismal sin. However, medieval theologians believed that infants who died before being baptized would end up in Limbo and that people who died after the death of Jesus without having been baptized could not go to Heaven. This made parents, anxious about the salvation of their children in a period of high infant mortality, begin to baptize children as infants, a tradition strengthened by baptismal records starting to serve as proof of domicile, citizenship, etc. absent the later development of civil bureaucracy.

Infant baptism, however, cannot involve an actual affirmation by the infant of Christianity. Thus Confirmation, although not portrayed as a Sacrament in the Bible, developed as a way for those baptized as infants, once they reached maturity, to affirm those things sworn on their behalf when they were initially baptized. Among Christians, therefore, the practice of infant, but not adult, baptism is associated with confirmation. 

rreitmeyer123 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Confirmation in the Christian Church is the sacrament which reaffirms a person’s status as a Catholic or a Protestant. The Catholic Church sees the confirmation as a rite in which grace falls over the person as they announce their commitment to God and the Church. Protestants view confirmation differently: it is more of a rite of passage, as a person who has already been baptized states their devotion to the church when they are around thirteen or fourteen. Confirmation is the second rite of Sacrament, it is the culmination of what began at a person’s baptism. It is intended to show a person taking responsibility for what they believe in and professing it to the church, friends and family.

rosariormzd | Student

All the sacraments are important to the Catholic Church because in each of them the Holy Spirit is present and give many graces to the person who receives it and strengths his/her faith and his/her relationship with God; one of the particularities of the sacraments is that has to be the person who ask for it, except the baptism, which is requested by the parents since is received an a very early age in life, so for this reason, the Confirmation is very important because now, is the grown up person, who asks for the sacrament and -as its name says- confirms his/her faith in God, in Jesus Christ and in the Catholic Church (that the parents first ask) for and make a renunciation of evil.

amym893 | Student

Confirmation is so important in the Catholic Church because teenager/adults receive the Holy Spirit and become "soldiers of Christ" as full members of the Church.

jabezi | Student

Confirmation indeed can be seriously taken into consideration as an important thing because it is one of the seven (7) sacraments that help an individual live a christian life. furthermore it is important because when one has received that sacrament he or she will be strengthened in his or her spiritual life.