100 East Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-3131 voice
(513) 421-1582 fax
Dan Thimons x 2621
Teresa Kaltenbach, Admin. Asst. x 2653
1436 Needmore Rd.
Dayton OH 45414
(937) 222-0227 voice
(937) 279-9482 fax
Marriages in which the partners do not share the same religious persuasion and affiliation are canonically considered “mixed” marriages, or ecumenical marriages. If one member of the couple is a Catholic (Christian) and the other a non-Christian (e.g. Jewish, Hindu, Muslim), the marriage is considered interfaith. Normally, Catholic/Protestant couples are referred to as interchurch couples. Mixed marriages also include marriages in which the non-Catholic party has no religious persuasion. We know that ecumenical families are not identical; their lifestyles and faith choices are varied. Some families choose a single faith identity, while other families work hard to include both traditions in their religious lifestyle. Whatever the choices in your family, the Family and Respect Life Office works hard to provide you with support and resources.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION FOR ECUMENICAL COUPLES:
It is recommended that the parish minister preparing the engaged couple spend time exploring the influence and impact of the differing faith traditions on their future life together. Experience shows there are a number of areas that should be explored:
- Identifying with a faith community – will the couple be involved with one, none, or both?
- Religious formation of the children – the Catholic party promises to raise the children Catholic, yet religious education is a serious responsibility of both parents. How will the other faith tradition be included?
- Extended family members – although much progress has been made in the feelings and attitudes of people concerning interfaith marriages, there are still many instances in which the parents or family members of the engaged couple may be offended by the fact that one party is not of the same faith tradition.
- Studies have shown the direct correlation between marriage and religion. It is either a bonder (positive) or divider (negative). What are ways to forge this path to unity? Please call the Family and Respect Life Office at 513-421-3131, Ext. 2653 for further information.