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Ann Melnyk wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am getting married by an officiant who is ordained by the Universal Church, online, and recognized as legal by my state.

  • Down the road, should I want to baptize my baby in the Catholic Church, will there be any issue with our marriage that would not allow my child to be baptized?

Ann Melnyk

  { Will there be an issue w/ my non-Catholic wedding that would not allow my child to be baptized? }

Eric replied:


In order to have a child baptized in the Catholic Church, there must be a well-founded hope that the child will be raised Catholic. (Canon 868)

Being in an invalid marriage, which you would be in, assuming you were baptized Catholic or formally entered the Church, would likely count against you, but whether it would be an insurmountable obstacle would probably depend on the discretion of the priest.


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