[quote="FrDavid96, post:7, topic:274631"]
There might be a better way to go about this rather than try quoting canon law. The problem is that what you're looking for is not exactly and explicitly mentioned in the canons--in other words, canon law does not say directly that "such a marriage is valid" instead that's a conclusion which is drawn from what the law says. Someone who already does not know that your marriage is a valid one won't understand what the canons are saying.
Does the priest at your home parish understand that your marriage is valid? I've tried reading through your post, but it's not exactly clear to me who does and does-not understand. Is the priest who received you into the Church still your pastor?
There is a reason why I'm asking all this, so bear with me...
Many parish offices keep a supply of some simple little 3 X 5 forms called "Sponsor Certificates." The purpose of these is that the home pastor certifies that you are qualified to be a sponsor for Baptism (or Confirmation). Rather than try to answer individual questions (like is your marriage valid?) the whole purpose of these is to make things simple. Chances are that your own priest has these in his desk. If not, he probably can do one on the computer and print it out in a few minutes. This sort of thing is very routine and priests do it all the time. All you need to do is approach your own pastor and request that he issue you a sponsor certificate--that's all you have to say (other than "for whom"). He will know exactly what to do.
When the pastor of the place of baptism gets that sponsor certificate from your home pastor, that should settle the matter.
Hi, thanks for the info. I did not know that about the "sponsor certificates" as I have never been a sponsor before (obviously as I am a new Catholic).
I'm sorry, I know my post was not clear.
I was received into the Church last November at what was, at the time, my parish (in the neighboring town). The priest who received me was unclear as to whether my marriage was valid and initially said I needed a convalidation. I told him I did not, and he looked into it I suppose, and the next time I saw him he said "No, you do not need a convalidation, your marriage is already valid. Nothing further needs to be done." Then he received me into the Church. Everything's all good here.
Now I have moved into the neighboring town and am currently attending Mass and registered at my new parish. I have not met this pastor yet (but I would like to).
My friend had a baby in December. He wants to have her baptized in the parish he "grew up in" (I put that in quotes because he has not received any Sacraments besides Baptism, and did not regularly attend Mass as a child. He does not regularly attend Mass now either. But I won't get into that now). This is the parish in another neighboring town and his other two children were baptized there. He called the parish office today to speak to the parish office about setting a date to have his new daughter baptized. I'm guessing he mentioned to the person he spoke to that I am a new convert to the Church. They told him that I could not be godmother because I was not married in the Church. I'm not sure who he talked to.
After he got off the phone with them, he called me and asked me to find something that backs up what I have been telling him, that I am married in the Church and eligible as godmother.
I hope that makes it more clear.
So I think what you are saying, I should go to my current parish and talk to my pastor about this and get a sponsor certificate.