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Father Kenneth Doyle
Questions may be sent to Father Kenneth Doyle at askfatherdoyle@gmail.com and 40 Hopewell St., Albany, NY 12208.

 
April 19, 2021
Question: My boyfriend and I are starting to have conversations about marriage. I‘m Catholic; he’s Baptist. I have not felt called to have children and have health issues that will make it difficult to get pregnant. My boyfriend is not primarily interested in having kids. I know that to be married in the Catholic Church, couples are expected to be open to having children. Is it possible to get married in the Church if you’re not open to having kids? (City and state withheld) Answer: Your understanding of the Church’s view of marriage is correct. If a couple enters into marriage consciously intending never to have children, that would make the marriage, in the Church’s eyes, invalid. For the Church,…
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