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Old 08-13-2009, 08:54 AM
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Baptism issues

DH and I are both baptized/confirmed Catholics from Catholic families. However, when we got married and moved to a new city, we ended up finding a Protestant church that we like and now both attend. I'd like for our son to learn about both faiths, but am wondering if the Catholic church would prohibit this. Is there any chance of having him baptized in the Catholic church? If we are members of a Protestant church, is that against the Catholic church canons for baptism? Would the Catholic church disapprove of him being baptized in both churches and exposed to both denominations?

(As Christians, I think we should all try to get along and work together, but it seems the prevailing attitude of most churches in our area is "if you're not with us, you're against us." Just wondering if this is dictated by church laws.)
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:54 AM
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How wonderful that you've found a place to worship! I think you'll find that the Catholic church will only acknowledge one baptism, as it is core to the faith. There are a couple of exceptions to this, which the priest or sacramental coordinator could explain. Also, if you present your child for Baptism, it is with the understanding that you will raise the child as a Roman Catholic. Good luck!
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Old 08-13-2009, 03:35 PM
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I am happy you have found a faith community to call your own!
I would suggest calling the priest or deacon at the Catholic church and talking to them.
I think Baptism can only happen once though. At baptism (Catholic) you are making a vow to raise your child in the Catholic faith. Now I do not know where they would stand on saying "yes, I will raise my child in the Catholic faith - but also in the Protestant Faith". If you planned on attending both churches on a regular bases, hmmm I wonder what they would say. But if you plan to attend the Protestant church only, I'm sure there would be issues.
I would be very interested in hearing the outcome!
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I was Southern Baptist when I adopted my child. It was the wish of the foster mother and the attorney that she be baptized Catholic so that if she should die she would go to heaven instead of purgatory. I found a Catholic church that agreed to baptize provided her two godparents were practicing Catholics.
She never attended Catholic church and six years later was re-baptized in the Baptist Church (which does not recognize infant baptism).
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