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Kathryn Poston wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have been married for 30 years. My husband and I are both baptized Protestants and were legally married in the Baptist church. For both of us it is our first marriage.

I wish to convert to Catholicism and have completed the RCIA process. My husband does not wish to become Catholic at this time. Initially, it was decided that my husband and I did not need to have our marriage convalidated however there is now disagreement among our parish officials about that. I was not permitted come into the Church this spring as scheduled, as this point was not settled.

  • What is your opinion on what is required on the marriage front in order for me to become Catholic?

We will do what is required, but can't seem to get a what or a when from the Church.

Thank you for your response.

Kathryn Poston

  { Does my Protestant marriage have to be convalidated for me to become a Catholic? }

Fr. Jonathan replied:

Kathryn,

Two Protestants who marry, who were never married before, enter into a valid marriage.

Convalidating refers to making something that was not valid — valid, therefore you would not need to validate your marriage if you become a Catholic because it is already valid.

Fr. Jonathan

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