Calvin on the Validity of “Romish” Baptism

"Water, though it is a fading element, truly testifies to us in baptism — the true presence of the blood of Jesus Christ and of His Spirit….   In the Lord's supper, the bread and wine are to us true and by no means fallacious pledges that we are spiritually nourished by the body and blood of Christ.   And thus I join with the signs — the very possession and fruition of that which is therein offered to us….

"I detest as intolerable sacrilege the execrable abomination of the mass…, diametrically opposed to the purity of the sacrament of the Lord's supper."    No such repudiatory statement, however, does Calvin ever make of the different sacrament of baptism within the Romish Church.  For Rome has never taught any alleged transubstantiation of the baptismal water into Christ's blood — as she does indeed teach in respect of the wine in her pseudo-sacrament of the mass.