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Information for Couples who share different Faith traditions.

Read Overview if at least one of you is a member of the Catholic Church then click one or more of the following...…

Overview: If one of you is a Catholic and the other is a Protestant or Muslim or Jew, you may be concerned about how the Catholic Church will look upon your relationship if you choose to marry. Prior to 1964, the Catholic Church tried to discourage such couples from marriage or allowed the marriage to take place only if the partner who is not a member of the Catholic Church agreed to raise the children in the Catholic Faith. Today, however, the Catholic Church has developed a new approach to couples who share different Faith traditions. I trust you will find this approach to be welcoming, understanding, and helpful. Key points of this new approach:

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Section 1: Interchurch” couples. Both persons are Christian, but different denominations, such as, Catholic-Baptist.

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Section 2: “interfaith” couples. One person is Christian, the other person is Jewish or Muslim or Buddhist, etc.

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Section 3: Links which may be useful to Interchurch & Interfaith couples.

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Section 4: What about marriage to an agnostic or atheist?

I am assuming that we are talking about an “interfaith” (sort of!) marriage in which one person identifies with a faith tradition (is Christian, Jew, Muslim, etc.) and the other person is an agnostic or atheist. If both of you are agnostics or atheists, all I can say is that I am not qualified to advise you.

Here are some links to information about what it means to be an agnostic or an atheist. I recommend that both of you thoroughly study this information (and any other information you can find that may be better than what is on these web sites)….and then use the process of dialogue ~ as taught in For Better and For Ever ~ to see if you can construct a viable lifelong marriage in which each of you is willing/able to accept who the other person is and be willing to live your personal convictions while making no attempt to change the other person to your way of thinking/believing.

In addition to making a commitment to respect your differences, you also need to dialogue about how you will deal with the formation/education of your children.

If you can sort all of this out……you may do fine in marriage.

What is an Agnostic?

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What is an Atheist?

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