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Kelly wrote:

Hi, guys —

Since marriage is a sacrament that can be annulled, is there any process to annul a Baptism or Confirmation in the Catholic Church, if someone feels they do not have Catholic beliefs any more.

Thank you.


  { If marriages can be annulled, can Baptisms or Confirmations be annulled? }

Mike replied:

Hi Kelly,

Thanks for the question.

No. Baptisms nor Confirmations can be annulled. Both leave an indelible (unremovable) mark on our souls as does, for priests, the sacrament of Holy Orders.

You said:
If someone feels they do not have Catholic beliefs any more.

For those who were never taught the faith from the beginning and, therefore don't affirm Catholic beliefs they were never instructed on, I would recommend finding out why we believe!

Certainly the mass media isn't going to tell you.


Hope this helps,


Eric replied:

Hi, Kelly —

To add to what Mike has said, it is possible to do a baptism or a confirmation in an invalid manner, for example, if a baptism is done in the name of the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sanctifier. Such a baptism would not be valid, and a tribunal could declare that it is null and must be repeated. Even ordinations can be declared null. But this is not the case you speak of; you're talking, presumably, about someone who after baptism ceases to believe Catholic beliefs. I do not know whether an adult convert who is baptized under false pretenses could have his baptism declared null.

The thing about marriages is that they depend on the consent of the parties at the time of the marriage.

Comparing cases, just as nothing that happens after the marriage affects whether it is null or not (although it might shed light on what happened before the marriage), so nothing that happens after baptism can affect whether it is null.


Kelly replied:

Thank you for your responses.


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