Do converts' marriages need convalidation?


A couple is joining the Catholic Church. Previously, they were both Baptist and were married in a Baptist church. Does their marriage have to be convalidated?


Assuming that there were no obvious impediments to their marriage (e.g., previous marriage), no. The Church presumes non-Catholic marriages to be valid. If both parties are baptized, the Church presumes the marriages of non-Catholic Christians to be sacramental. Although it is in no way required, the couple may renew their vows and have their marriage blessed by a priest, if they wish. If they are interested in that, they should speak to their pastor about arranging it.

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