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"If an infant's parents are separated and one parent is Catholic and wants the child baptized can the other parent stop this from happening?"

 

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Certainly it is possible that one parent could prevent a baptism (e.g. physical means). However, I think you mean to ask if the Church would allow a baptism over the objection of one of the parents. I will assume that this is what you mean. Given the fact one of the conditions for the Church to allow a 'mixed marriage' is that "the Catholic party is to declare that he or she is prepared to remove dangers of defecting from the faith and is to make a sincere promise to do all in his or her power so that all offspring are baptized and brought up in the Catholic Church" (1983 Code of Canon Law, Can. 1125 § 1), the Catholic parent is, in fact, required do "all in their power" to ensure that the child is baptized and brought up Catholic in order to keep the promise made to the Church. For particular assistance in the case you indicated, I would contact a good priest regarding how to proceed, explaining the situation to him.

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