Hi fellow Catholics,
Something has been bothering me, and I don’t know the answer, so here I am again. My mother was a convert to the Church, and very devout. When my father married my mother, he had to convert too (they married in 1953). Well, I guess the faith didn’t “take” for my father as much. When my mother died when I was 10, my father stopped going to church and stopped taking my sister and me to church. He never did return to the Catholic Church, but married my stepmom years later in front of a judge, and was baptized as a Southern Baptist.
I know that a person cannot validly be baptized twice, but he remained a God-fearing Christian the rest of his life. He died in 1993. What is your guess as to what happens to the souls of people like my father? Do you think he could be in purgatory? He was a good man, a very gentle man, and I sure wish he’d stayed a faithful Catholic man, but he didn’t. Will God judge him as a Catholic who strayed? Or someone who loved God even if he left the Church? It makes me very sad to think that Daddy may not be in purgatory. (As for Mom, she was the closest thing to a saint that I knew, a VERY devout and holy woman.)