“We realize that this is a major pastoral issue,” says Sheila Garcia, associate director of the U. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth.
Garcia says that while supporting these couples pastorally, the church also is concerned with making sure the Catholic in a mixed-religion marriage continues to practice his or her faith and that the couple takes seriously the Catholic party’s pledge to raise their children Catholic.
We talked early on about the general idea of marriage and having children.
A Jew who marries a non-Jew transgresses a Torah prohibition.
The practice of not “intermarrying” is in fact one of the oldest features of Judaism.
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