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If children are raised in another faith, he notes, “the Catholic parent must show children good example, affirm the core beliefs of both parents’ religious traditions, make them aware of Catholic beliefs and practices and support the children in the faith they practice.” The Wedding Ceremony Because Catholics regard marriage as a sacred event, the church prefers that ecumenical interfaith couples marry in a Catholic church, preferably the Catholic party’s parish church.
If they wish to marry elsewhere, they must get permission from the local bishop. This permission is called a “dispensation from canonical form.” Without it, a wedding not held in a Catholic church is not considered valid.
If the non-Catholic is a baptized Christian (not necessarily Catholic), the marriage is valid as long as the Catholic party obtains official permission from the diocese to enter into the marriage and follows all the stipulations for a Catholic wedding.However, Hater adds, “Though they do not participate in the grace of the sacrament of marriage, both partners benefit from God’s love and help [grace] through their good lives and beliefs.” Marriage Preparation Good-quality marriage preparation is essential in helping couples work through the questions and challenges that will arise after they tie the knot.Questions that the engaged couple should consider include in what faith community (or communities) the couple will be involved, how the couple will handle extended family who may have questions or concerns about one spouse’s faith tradition, and how the couple will foster a spirit of unity despite their religious differences Of all the challenges an ecumenical or interfaith couple will face, the most pressing one likely will be the question of how they raise their children. that their marriages will be more challenging from the perspective of faith,” Hater writes. Special challenges exist as well when it comes to raising children in the Catholic faith.” Because of these challenges, the church requires the Catholic party to be faithful to his or her faith and to “make a sincere promise to do all in his or her power” to have their children baptized and raised in the Catholic faith.“In addition, only with his permission can a person, other than a Catholic, receive Communion in church during such a wedding.” Catholic-Jewish Weddings Jews and Christians share a view of marriage as a holy union and symbol of God’s bond with his people.Stricter branches of Judaism, such as Orthodox and Conservative, forbid or strongly discourage Jews from marrying non-Jews and prohibit their rabbis from participating in interreligious marriage ceremonies.