In some of these situations, when no possible agreement can be reached as to the children’s religion, it may even be best if the marriage is postponed or even rethought.
In my experience, if there are major divisions over the religious upbringing of children before the marriage, then these issues will only be greater and more troublesome when the children arrive.
“When people of radically different yet connected traditions marry, perhaps they are imaging a new way of viewing life.
The EPP Group hosted a seminar on ' The role of intercultural dialogue in EU international relations' on Wednesday 27 June 2018 in Brussels.
Constructive dialogue between different socio-religious communities plays a crucial role today, not only from a cultural and spiritual point of view, but also in social, political and international relations, taking on particular importance in processes of integration and pacification.
(I fully empathize with my Jewish colleagues on this because it is easy for the Catholic Church, with 1 billion members, to be liberal on this point in comparison to the Jewish community with 15 million.) For the Catholic, the ceremony can take place in a non-religious setting, and a priest is not even required.
It is even possible for the marriage to be done simply by a civil minister, and the church will still recognize it as a valid marriage. While there are some rabbis who will celebrate a joint ceremony, most rabbis of local congregations will not.
You can be open to the other faith and appreciative of its values and traditions, but you cannot be both.
This truth is part of the limitation of life and part of the beauty of the diversity of the human experience.
He is a panelist on "Talking Religion" a regular interfaith radio program each Sunday, sharing the program with a Jewish and Muslim leader.
He is President of the Massachusetts Bible Society.
But as they do that, they need to know their own identity.
The Catholic Church used to require those who were not Catholic to sign a document promising that the children would be raised Catholic.
For example, many people begin to rediscover the importance of a faith tradition when they start having children. The wedding ceremony, which in some ways is less important than the issue of children, should reflect the traditions of both because both are involved.