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On Fri, 20 Oct 2000, John Cowan wrote:

>OTOH, the Church held that, because baptism is *ex opere operato* (effective
>because of what is done, not because of the mental state of the doer), all
>baptisms "in nomine patria, et filia, et spirita sancta, Amen" (shockingly
>ungrammatical solecistical Latin for "Country and Daughter and Holy Spiritess
>in name", more or less) were invalid.

Makes sense! You're not _supposed_ to be baptised in the name of
Fatherland, your own daughter and some vague but holy spirits.

On the other hand, if this was the conlang of some priest who
couldn't quite get the hang of Book Latin...

I like the mumpsimus bit - thanks for a laugh!

Padraic.