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Desiring Debra wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am currently in the RCIA programme. I have two children and I am not married. I am currently cohabitating with the father of my children. I fully understand this is a sin and we want to get married however financially we cannot get married for another two years. I don't want to wait this long to become Catholic.

  • If my partner moves out and we are not having sex before marriage can I continue with the RCIA programme and be received into the Church at Easter time?

I am also planning to have my children baptized; they are 6 and 1.

  • When would I be able to have this done?

Debra

  { If my partner moves out and we are not having sex before marriage can I continue with  RCIA }

Eric replied:

Debra,

This should be doable but it is subject to the discretion of the pastor.

There is a potential issue of scandal if people see that you are living together, aren't married, and don't know that you're living as brother and sister and yet are receiving Holy Communion.

All of this has to be worked out through your parish.

The same goes with your children's Baptism. If you can reassure your pastor (or whoever is baptizing your children) that they will be raised Catholic, it is unlikely to be an issue.

Eric

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