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Jacob Kinsella wrote:

Hi, guys —

I've recently turned 16 and I have a deep desire to join the Catholic Church. I have been interested since I was a small child.

My mother is a strict Protestant and she is not happy with my decision to become Catholic and has made it clear that she does not give her consent.

  • Is her consent absolutely necessary for me to join the Church or can I join without it?

Jacob

  { Is a mother's consent require for a 16-year-old to become Catholic especially since I want to? }

Bob replied:

Jacob,

You are free to follow your conscience in seeking to follow God, however He leads you, but it may be prudent to wait until you are 18.

While you are clearly old enough to make up your own mind, you do have to live with your parents. If you had an adult that was your sponsor that your parents knew and trusted, it might make things go quicker, but don't rush.

Being respectful of your parents is also a commandment, so do everything you can to honor and love your mom and hopefully she will come around. If she doesn't, you can move forward as your conscience leads.

Peace,

Bob Kirby
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