V. Adaptations by Conferences of Bishops or by Bishops
23. In addition to the adaptations provided for in the General Introduction
(nos. 30-33), the baptismal rite for infants admits other variations, to be
determined by the conferences of bishops.
24. As is indicated in the Roman Ritual, the following matters are left to
the discretion of the conferences:
- As local customs may dictate, the questioning about the name of the
child may be arranged in different ways: the name may have been given
already or may be given during the rite of baptism.
- The anointing with oil of catechumens may be omitted (nos. 50, 87).
- The formulary of renunciation may be made more pointed and detailed
(nos. 57, 94, 121).
- If the number to be baptized is very great, the anointing with chrism
may be omitted (no. 125).
- The ephphetha rite may be retained (nos. 64, 101).
25. In many countries parents are sometimes not ready for the celebration of
baptism or they ask for their children to be baptized even though the latter
will not afterward receive a Christian education and will even lose the faith.
Since to instruct such parents and to inquire about their faith in the course of
the rite itself is not enough, conferences of bishops may issue pastoral
directives, for the guidance of parish priests (pastors), to determine a longer
interval between birth and baptism.
26. It is for the bishop to decide for his diocese whether catechists may
give the homily on their own or only by reading a written text.