Q. 1. Does the Catholic Church recognize the Baptism that is performed in the Church of the Brethren?
A. 1. In the "Handbook of Basic Beliefs within the Church of the Brethren," # 4. Salvation, it states, "Justification is the gracious and full acquittal which is wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:23-25), and is symbolized by trine immersion baptism (Romans 6:4-5). In the early church, those who believed were baptized immediately (Acts 16:33). Jesus spoke of the necessity of water baptism, when he said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16).
The Church of the Brethren rejects infant baptism. It accepts Christian baptism as an outward sign of an inward change.
Their baptism is valid. They use the formula found in the Gospel of Matthew during the application of the trine immersion.