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Jessica wrote:

Hi, guys —

My husband and I are Catholic (I took RCIA before we were married and I became Catholic).

Our first son was also baptized Catholic and our new daughter will also be baptized in the Church.

My parents who go to a non-denominational Christian church are now asking if we can dedicate our daughter, as they do baby dedications in their church. It is simply dedicating her to living a Godly life and not specifically to raise in their church, as we are raising our children Catholic.

  • Just curious if this is alright?

Jessica

  { Is it OK to have our new Catholic daughter dedicated in a baby dedication at a Protestant church? }

Bob replied:

Dear Jessica,

Perhaps someone else on our team may have a better grasp of the canon law with respect to this issue, but my sense is that there is no harm, in fact it may help to bond your family provided there is no underlying attempt to co-opt the child’s formation.

This matter will require your discernment.

  • What do you read as your parent's ultimate motive?
  • What is their attitude toward Catholicism?

If you have any reservations due to concerns that they may be overstepping their role, than you could say, No.

So, in short:

  1. if they want to celebrate this child as a child of God
  2. bless her, and
  3. throw a party

    absolutely!
  1. If they are anti-Catholic
  2. have their own agenda, and
  3. may try and subvert her Catholic upbringing in any way, shape, or form

no way!

Peace,

Bob Kirby

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