I don't normally follow the religion forum stuff, but I'll try to keep an eye out.
I would say that Baptism is more important than a church and of course, in my estimation, a baptized person is baptized In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (A Catholic formulat, BTW.) Otherwise, it is not a valid baptism.
I agree with you that baptism is more important than membership in a church (not to suggest that fellow-shipping isn't important). Although I think the formulat you specify is preferable I wouldn't be so dogmatic as to say that a baptism is invalid if someone accidentally omits a word. I don't believe Jesus' baptism utilized that exact formulat.
You are aware that the Catholic Church does recognize those baptisms that are properly done, dont you?
I was raised as a catholic as a child and I thought at the time one needed to be a member of the catholic church to be considered a "real" Christian by the catholic church...although that was quite some time ago and it could have been changed/updated and/or my memory could be faulty on it.
In any case, I wasn't really trying to challenge your posts, I just thought I'd ask a question on this one.
**I don’t believe Jesus’ baptism utilized that exact formulat.**
We really don’t know those words, do we. Not in Holy Scripture. But my priest tells me that we will know all things when we arrive in heaven. Sounds good to me.