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Mike wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am considering converting from Protestant to Catholic. I am currently married to a Protestant woman who does not want to convert with me.

  • Will there be any problems with the Church in this regard?


  { Will there be a problem with me joining the Church if my wife doesn't wish to convert with me? }

Mary Ann replied:

Dear Mike —

Not at all. That is fine. Her conscience must be respected and your marriage also. However, if you become Catholic and if she does not wish to continue being married to you, your marriage can be dissolved if you wish, under the Pauline Privilege (a provision St. Paul made for converts whose spouses refused to live in peace with them after conversion).

This is unlikely in your case, I am sure, but I just wanted to give you a complete answer.

God bless you both.

If you wish to go deeper, in understanding what we believe as Catholic Christians, consider buying a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to learn all the basic teachings and beliefs.

Mary Ann

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