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Jennifer wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am recently separated from my husband of eight years. In case it's important, he left me.

Together we have three children (a 7-year-old, 4-year-old and, one who's 7 months). I have begun to do some research about faith since he left us and have become interested in Catholicism but wonder if my failed marriage would be an obstacle.

I have never been baptized and neither have any of our children. My spouse was very against it. He's an atheist and believed it to be a waste of time and money.

  • Would my situation prevent me or my children from ever becoming Catholic?


  { Would my martial situation prevent me or my children from ever becoming Catholic? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Dear Jennifer,

Talk to or make an appointment with a priest or pastor from a local, nearby Catholic parish.

  • Are you remarried?

You should be accepted into the Church unless there is more to your story.

  • If were merely divorced, and not remarried, then there is nothing blocking you from becoming a Catholic but the priest would have to inform you that, if you wanted to remarry, you would need to petition for a process.

  • If you are already remarried then we would have to do a process prior to your entering the Church as your current marriage would be invalid in our eyes.

In both cases, the process would not be an annulment but most likely a Pauline Privilege as you are unbaptized and getting baptized.

The procedure for the children would be different for the oldest than for the younger two, as that child is past the age of 7 (the age of reason), and so would need to agree (in a basic way) and also would be confirmed on the same day as [his/her] Baptism.

Fr. Jonathan

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