Married as a Catholic but wife wants to get baptized in Pentecostal Church? What will happen to our matrimony?


We are married in Catholic church. What will happen to our marriage/matrimony if my wife get baptized in Pentecostal church?



Nothing - you are married in the eyes of the Church



Your marriage may become sacramental instead of natural. Some of the Pentecostal communities
have valid baptism, others do not.



Is she baptised and if yes in which church? If she has not been baptised, it is a totally different issue than if she already is baptised and a member of a church. If Catholic, then she needs to learn more about baptism as it is only done once in a persons life.



Not yet but she wants to because they believe that adult baptism is necessary to feel the holy spirit and most of the people around her are Pentecostal people, she is working abroad in Oman. I told her about one time baptism but she said it is different from infant baptism. We don’t have yet the reasoning that we already have the holy spirit in our infant baptism.

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Suggest she go and talk to a local Catholic priest. To reject her valid Catholic baptism is a big deal.



The Pentecostal movement began in a Catholic environment. If the Pentecostal experience will benefit the wife, in the sense of spiritual wakefulness, then I don’t know what is wrong with that.



Actually, the Pentecostal Movement began in California at the Azusa Street revival of 1906.

It moved into Catholic circles in the 1960’s

You might also want to research the “Toronto Blessing”.



Perhaps the Pentecostal movement has a diverse history on different continents, but it is actively embracing youth. The main thing is that this movement does not go into the jungle of different false sciences, and if the pastor compares his experience in the main points with the Catholic teaching, then all is not so bad. The main thing is that hedonism, pragmatism, anti-child menthality, wealthy-theology, feeling-based-God’s voices would not embrace these movements.



I think we need a little more in the way of explanation here

  1. are you a practicing Catholic ? - were you baptised and had made your First Communion and had been Confirmed before being married in the Catholic Church.

  2. was your present wife also a practicing Catholic , having been Baptised, and made her First Communion and been Confirmed before she was joined to you in marriage in the Catholic Church ?

  3. has she now decided to leave the Catholic Church and become a Christian in the Pentecostal church by asking for baptism in that church ?

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All answer is yes.



Nothing besides your wife making a grave spiritual mistake.



Going into schism in order to embrace heresy is the literal opposite of “spiritual wakefulness.”



It seems you’re confusing terms here. I know you’re Ukrainian and English isn’t your mother tongue, so there’s both a cultural and linguistic divide we need to overcome.

The way you’re using “pentecostal movement” seems to me that you are meaning to say “charismatic movement.” There is a distinction.

The OP is not referring to his wife embracing a charismatic spirituality.

He is speaking of his wife leaving the Catholic Church to join a different “Pentecostal church.”

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Since you both baptized and married in the Catholic Church, you will always be married. Perhaps you should talk with a priest about this. You could always just ask him after mass.

Any problem would come just from your relationship. I don’t know what to say about this–I will pray for you.



Mkay, however, this is a place called “Catholic Answers”. I see that you are listed as Protestant, so, maybe start off here with a bit more respect wrt Catholic teachings.

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but it’s better to be a hot Pentecostal than a cold (formal, nominal, no practising) Catholic.

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I could agree with that.

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The didache specifies the formula for baptism.
This was written by the apostles themselves.



Actually, the Pentecostal Movement began from the Holiness Movement in the Appalachian region of the American South in 1896. I have nothing to add to the OP’s question.



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