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Rachel Gonales wrote:

Hi, guys —

My husband and myself we're asked to baptize our nephew but the problem is we are not married in the Church.

  • Can we still baptize him?


  { Can my husband and I baptize our nephew though we were not married in the Church? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Rachel —

Except in case of emergency, only a priest or deacon may lawfully baptize into the Catholic Church.

Whether you're married in the Church is irrelevant.


Mike replied:

Hi, Rachel —

In addition to what my colleague Eric said, the Church has to have a good hope that the child will be raised Catholic. Without that hope, [he or she] can't be baptized.

Hope this helps,


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