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Ecumenical and Interfaith Marriages:What You Should Understand

The idea of a Catholic marrying outside the faith was practically unheard of, if not taboo until recent decades. Such weddings occurred in private ceremonies when you look at the parish rectory, perhaps perhaps not in a church sanctuary right in front of a huge selection of family and friends.

Today, many individuals marry across spiritual lines.

The price of ecumenical marriages (a Catholic marrying a baptized non-Catholic) and marriages that are interfaitha Catholic marrying a non-baptized non-Christian) differs by area. In regions of the U.S. with proportionately fewer Catholics, as much as 40% of married Catholics can be in ecumenical or interfaith marriages.

The church doesn’t encourage the practice, but it does try to support ecumenical and interfaith couples and help them prepare to meet those challenges with a spirit of holiness because of the challenges that arise when a Catholic marries someone of a different religion. Theologian Robert Hater, composer of the 2006 book, “When a Catholic Marries a Non-Catholic,” writes: “To regard blended faith marriages adversely does them a disservice. Continue reading