"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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