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Marvin Pemberton wrote:

Hi, guys —

I visited St. Pius parish in Shreveport, Louisiana for a little time. During that time my wife, who I am separated from, had issues with the parish. We would fight about it and ultimately she would want me to go back to her non-denominational church where I wanted to stay at St. Pius.

Well, I finally gave in to her request and quit going to St. Pius.

  • Is that going to hurt my chances of becoming Catholic?

I am interested in  joining the Church.


  { I want to become a Catholic but "my wife" wants me to attend her non-denominational church. }

Mike replied:

Hi, Marvin —

Thanks for the question.

If you are being drawn to the Catholic faith you have to follow that call.

You have to respect your wife's choice to go to whatever church she wants to but, at the same time, she has to respect your choice to go to where the Holy Spirit is calling you.

Ultimately, the sacramental graces you receive through the Church will help, not only you,
but her,
if your marriage is valid in the eyes of the Church.

I would make an appointment with a priest to talk about these issues.

One of the toughest things to accept in family environments, are other family member's free will to do something other than "the best" you would want for them. For each situation, you have to weight "saying, charitably, what has to be said" versus keeping a prayerful quiet for the sake of family cohesion and unity.

Seeing you may be preparing to take RCIA classes in the near future, I would encourage you to consider buying a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to learn everything we believe as faithful Catholics.

Hope this helps,

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