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Heather Pye wrote:

Hi, guys —

My husband and I have both been previously married. I divorced my first husband due to his violence and alcoholism and my current husband divorced his wife for adultery though she has since passed away.

We have one daughter who is seven years old. We attend a Catholic Church and our daughter attends a Catholic school. While we understand we cannot be fully accepted into the Catholic Church we had hoped we would be able to have our daughter baptized. Her classmates begin their First Holy Communion classes in December however our priest will not baptize her, as we are not fully accepted. He told us that she must wait until she is 13 and can decide for herself. We feel he is being a little unreasonable.

  • Is there any way around this?

Many thanks,


  { Although we understand why we can't be accepted, why does she have to wait until she is 13? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Hi Heather,

Because she is over the age of seven she needs to decide for herself. In the meantime you need to explore getting annulments, if needed and possible.

Your priest is not too far off but you have gotten off to a rough start.

Try him again. If you are not satisfied, go over his head to the local Dean or Vicar or call your Tribunal.

Fr. Jonathan

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