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Stan Van Horn wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a 28-year-old male from Texas. I have a question about becoming a Catholic. I am recently married and I have been raised a Babtist. [This is the correct spelling.] I want to renew my faith with the Lord but there are some questions I have as a result of a few mistakes in my life.

  • Would tattoos would be a problem?

I have a few crosses on my body but nothing extremely bad except a grim reaper made up of the American flag where his body is.

Also, what would I have to do, if anything, to convert and become a Catholic?

Have a nice day,


  { As a Babtist, what do I have to do to become a Catholic and would tattoos be a problem? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Stan —

Thanks for the question.

Having tattoos will not be an issue at all. I searched our database for you and found these postings which address part or all of your question. They may give you some insight:

If you are truly interested in joining our faith, we would encourage you to know what we believe as Catholic Christians. You can easily get a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church online at Amazon:

As my colleague Eric has said in the past:

The right reason to become Catholic is not because Catholicism lines up with your personal beliefs but because the Catholic Church is the truth-telling Church.

In other words, as a Catholic you should believe that your beliefs should align with Catholicism, and not the other way around.

You will be asked, as a convert, to accept whatever the Catholic Church teaches to be revealed by God — now and in the future, known and unknown. You should choose the Church because She tells the truth and always will, not because what She teaches agrees with your opinions.

Here is a page I created where I explain the process of being a Catholic:

How does one become a Catholic?

If you want to become a Catholic, make an appointment with a priest at a local Catholic parish that you like. Try to find a priest known for his prayerfulness and faithfulness to  the Church. He will probably enroll you in a RCIA class.

He would also be able to assist you with any previous marital issues. Your wife would have to agree not to prohibit you from raising your children Catholic.

I hope this helps,


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