Am I a legitimate child?

So I (23) have an important question about me. I was wondering if I am what is colloquially termed a “bastard child?” My parents only had a court house wedding and never married in church. I was raised in the Catholic faith and went through all the sacraments (baptism, first communion, confirmation. Did God accept the sacraments I went through and even more importantly am I a bastard child?

Any answer will be appreciated?


Since your parents were civilly married, you are considered quite legitimate.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit