During all of this my catechesis and formation in the True Faith was from the Baltimore Catechism, as was true for virtually all U.S. Catholics from 1885 until the post VII tumult of the late 1960’s. My understanding is that it is based on St. Robert Bellarmine’s Small Catechism of 1614. The Baltimore Catechism does now and has always carried an Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat from the Church’s magisterial authority. It clearly teaches Baptism of Water, Baptism of Blood, Baptism of Desire (not to mention the three elements required for a Mortal Sin, a term all too often tossed around very loosely).
I’ll stick with the Baltimore Catechism.
The Baltimore Catechism is indeed where nearly everyone learned their faith, that is, since the time of it's publication up till V2. However, prior to then, people learned the truths of the faith without it. Just something to always keep in mind.
St. Paul in Scripture is quite explicit when he taught quite specifically that there is only one baptism, not three, which is what people learned up until the Baltimore Catechism. Just something else to always keep in mind.
Our faith teaches us that no man can save himself, that every human creature that has ever lived and ever will live, is wholly dependent upon God (and His Holy Church) to provide for each of us individually the means of salvation, without which no man can be saved. A BOD, whatever it is, can only work without Divine Providence, God's Providence as got to be altogether void or missing from it's formula in order for the possibility of a BOD to work.
The protestants believe they obtain forgiveness by confessing their sins directly to God, which is contrary to what the Church teaches. A BOD is protestant in nature, is contrary to Scripture, contrary to the constant teaching of the Church and it wholly rejects God's Providence, Who, since the promulgation of the Gospel, has provided the time, the minister and the water for everyone who ever has been and ever will be baptized.
Before the Baltimore Catechism, St. Paul said: "One Lord, one faith, one baptism."
How many baptisms are there?