Calvin on the Validity of “Romish” Baptism

Calvin agrees with Trent that 'Roman baptism' is valid

Thus far Trent's Canons on "the Sacraments in General."   Trent next goes on to exhibit all her Canons on "Baptism" in particular.

Claims the Council of Trent:33 "Whosoever shall say that in the Roman Church (which is the mother and mistress of all Churches) there is not the true doctrine of the Sacrament of Baptism — let him be anathema!"

Calvin responds that "the whole doctrine of baptism, as taught by them, is partly mutilated."34   Yet this clearly implies that in his opinion it was also partly un-mutilated –and therefore still valid, in spite of some irregular mutilation.