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Debra Remmel wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have fallen deeply and madly in love with the Catholic Church for eight years now.

Without going into lengthy detail, I am an unbaptized person and am not able to receive an annulment. I just found out I have terminal cancer and have three or four months to live.

  • Can I be baptized by a Catholic priest now?

I want this so bad and only the Catholic Church will do. I attend Mass and pray a Spiritual Communion each time.

God Bless you for your answer.


  { Can an unbaptized person who cannot receive an annulment still be baptized by a priest? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:


I am so sorry to hear your struggles. Becoming a Catholic would be a great act of faith and I hope that your situation allows it.

  • Are you currently married or are you only divorced?

  • If you are currently not married, there is nothing preventing you from being baptized.
  • If you are currently married then there may be obstacles.

You have said: I am not able to receive an annulment.

This probably means that you need one and have been officially rejected.

  • If that is the case, then you might want to get a second opinion.
  • If it is not the case, then be careful about making assumptions.

I meet lots of people that assume they know their situation and so never speak with anyone who could truly give then answers.

This is all I can discern from your question. I urge you to speak to your priest and see if you can get this all done.

Fr. Jonathan

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