My years in a heathen wilderness are beginning to hit home! I naturally didn’t get married in a church, preferring a simple civil ceremony.
Since I have rediscovered my faith again, I have been reading about the Catholic Church to enable me to better understand the religion of my youth.
I have however, stumbled on something today that I was unaware of, and which is quite unsettling. I was under the impression that I would have to get my marriage ‘blessed’ before God, but didn’t know that my marriage to date is not recognised by my Church!
Though Convalidation that does not represent too much of a problem - other than getting a copy of my baptism from my original country of residence. But it has dawned on me that my son - in the eyes of the Church - is a bastard, born outside the Sacrament of Matrimony.
After Convalidation, what is the Church view of him? I want him to be baptised (he is four years old), but that will need some further discussions with my non-Catholic wife! However, regardless of Baptism, is he destined to be regarded as a child born out of wedlock for the rest of his natural???