What is an unborn child's role in the sacrament of marriage?


#1

Say that two Catholics in good standing are preparing for the sacrament of marriage. What happens if say the female is raped and is carrying an unborn child during the marriage ceremony? Everyone participating in the sacrament must be baptized, so is there a special way to baptize the unborn child? Or do we say that the unborn child is not participating in the marriage ceremony? It seems that the child would be a part of it, but I’m not sure. Thanks.


#2

Dear Bobby,

Not everybody in the wedding party is required to be a Catholic. Only the bride or the groom needs to be a Catholic. The unborn baby is not a part of the wedding party. It is an unwilling and unknowing witness.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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