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Old 11.10.2017, 17:45
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The example of my baptism - one parish refusing while another did it, was within the same diocese, decisions made by pastors, i don‘t know if the religious orders differed though. The church where I was baptised was almost entirely full of Italian Catholics. But I really do think individual parishes do their own thing....it depends.

For the OP this means you just have to look around.
I understand that the parish priest is resposnible for determining whether the pre-conditions are fulfilled. So obviously in that respect mileage may vary. If pre-conditions are not filfilled the priest can ask the bishop for a dispensation. There's a lot of paperwork involved and at the end of the day, nobody benefits if they hold you to ransom over a technicality. But maybe some senile power-craving priests get a kick out of trying. You were right to shop around and find another.
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I understand that the parish priest is resposnible for determining whether the pre-conditions are fulfilled. So obviously in that respect mileage may vary. If pre-conditions are not filfilled the priest can ask the bishop for a dispensation. There's a lot of paperwork involved and at the end of the day, nobody benefits if they hold you to ransom over a technicality. But maybe some senile power-craving priests get a kick out of trying. You were right to shop around and find another.
Actually, it was my mom. I was an infant, so incapable of shopping ....then. But you are quite right - i do think it is a power grab, and rather than bring people into the church, it can turn them away...

Of course, last time I was in a church was for my mother‘s funeral in 1991, so the Catholic thing didn‘t stick.
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Re: Catholic Church

All my friends who had a church ceremony shopped around for a idyllic chapel not in their own parish. Ok, one of my friends choose the parish church :-)

No fuss. My sisters husband is not catholic, but that was no problem, because protestants and other christian denominations also belong to christianity and he was o.k. with it.

Swiss catholics are quite known for not being too obeying to the pope and are often in opposition to the Vatican teachings and also have opposed too-roman bishops. One had to flee to Lichtenstein!
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