Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur has new rule on baptizing kids of unmarried couples

How many churches are making their rules kinder to kids whose parents have not gotten hitched?

The Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur has issued a new ruling allowing the baptism of children whose parents are not married.

“As it turns out, the archdiocese’s old policy only allowed the first child of those who are unmarried to be baptized and the next child would no longer allowed not be baptized unless their parents are married in the church,” reports Bryan Realgo on

According to Archbishop Marlo Peralta, “most priests in the archdiocese agreed to revise the policy to show that the church is now more open to choices of followers.”

Peralta explained: “The issue of marriage should be separate. We always encourage parents to get married if they are not yet married, don’t judge the kids because they are not at fault.”

Peralta added, though, that they are “still encouraging unmarried couple to receive the sacrament of matrimony because this is still the foundation of a model family in the Catholic Church.”

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