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Sarah Greggson wrote:

Hi, guys —

Hello, my name is Sarah and I want to ask a few questions.

Thanks in advance for the answers.

  1. My husband was baptized in the Anglican church. His parents never attended the church but were baptized themselves as babies. They don't believe in God and only baptized him in order to lie about his date of birth and get him into school earlier. My husband doesn't believe in God.
  • Does this make his Baptism invalid?
  1. My husband cheated on me four years ago while I was pregnant with our first child. It went on for eight months. He promised me the messages on his phone must have been on there from the previous owner. I believed him . . . silly me. In May of this year I saw he had done so again, this time he confessed to talking to them but not doing anything physical. We separated for six months and got back together in November. I fell pregnant again. This week I found out he did it again. I assume he lied when he said someone hacked him and that it wasn't him. He has lied continually throughout our marriage about lots of different things like:
    • losing his license in which he continued to drive,
    • smoking even though I don't like it and wanted him to quit.

      I didn't care if he smoked I cared that he lied.

  • What should I do?
  1. I don't want to be alone but he is rarely affectionate towards me anyway, yet it seems from what I saw he has a very high sex drive. I also saw pictures that suggest he has interest in other men.
  • Is there any chance of annulment or am I going to be alone for my whole life?

I'm so sad and broken. I want to feel loved.

  • What should I do?

Sarah

  { Is there any chance of an annulment or am I going to have to go it alone unloved? }

Bob replied:

Sarah,

On the surface it sounds like you have a very troubled husband and fidelity was never in his game plan. There seems to be reasonable grounds for an annulment.

I hate to say it, but you are better off separating from this man, getting a good attorney, and moving on with your life. A serial liar and adulterer will not likely change and the foundation of marriage is trust. If he is gay, the break may help him to come to terms with it, rather than use you and your marriage as a veil to conceal his hidden lifestyle.

Lastly, should you seek to terminate the marriage and get an annulment, find a good priest you can confide in that can help guide you.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Hi, Sarah —

You said:

  1. My husband was baptized in the Anglican church. His parents never attended the church but were baptized themselves as babies. They don't believe in God and only baptized him in order to lie about his date of birth and get him into school earlier. My husband doesn't believe in God.
  • Does this make his Baptism invalid?

No, it does not. The Church recognizes all Trinitarian Baptisms from non-Catholic Christian congregations. e.g.:

Form: "I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

Matter: Water (Immersion, Infusion, or Sprinkling)

Hope this helps,

Mike

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