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Anonymous wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Do the parents of a child have to be married in the Catholic Church in order to have their child baptized in the Catholic Church?

Thank you for your assistance.

Anonymous

  { Do the parents of a child have to be married in the Catholic Church for their child to be baptized? }

Eric replied:

Dear Anonymous —

There is no canonical impediment I am aware of but this is up to the discretion of the priest.

There is an impediment if there is not a well-founded hope that the child will be raised Catholic.

If the parents were not married in the Church, this may be considered as evidence of an impediment.

Eric

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