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My wife and her parents want to baptise my kids without my consent,i have on numerous occassions stated that this is against my up bringing and spirituality.What is the legal approach to stop them from doing this.They have set a date and gone as far as planning a party,i only found out about it recently.
According to the Code of the Canonic Law - a set of rules regulating also issues regarding babtising in the catholic church, it is indeed sufficient for one parent to request babtising of the child (kan. 868 § 1 KPK).
It is very much advised that the baptising is conducted with both parents consenting - yet, it is formally legal and possible for your wife to do it even without your aproval.
If your marriage was contracted within the catholic church, according to the Canonic Law your wife should have declared formally that she will do everything possible to bring up children in the catholic faith (otherwise the marriage in the catholic church would not be possible) - so, in fact, she took an obligation to baptise a child. At the same time, you should have been informed about this (often prior to the marriage ceremony the non-catholic spouse is asked to sign a document confirming that he or she will not object to bringing up children in the catholic faith).
If you have contracted marriage in civil ceremony - the above does not apply. Still, your wife has the right to baptise the child alone.
I suggest you discuss the issue with your wife - talking about yours and her motivations and believes. It would be best that whatever eventually happens - the child is baptised or not - is the decision that you take together.
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