April 22, 2013

Catholics need to know that marrying someone from a different Christian community or, even more so, from a different religion will create extra challenges in their marriage, a Vatican official said.

But Church leaders also must learn how to help people in mixed marriages meet those challenges, said Bishop Jean Laffitte.

“We can express a positive judgment only when the conditions are met for a family life where the values and purposes of marriage are respected, and where a common faith in God helps the spouses to weave together an authentic communion of life and love.”

An interview with the bishop, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, was posted on the council’s website.

He was commenting, in part, on a research project by the Catholic bishops of Lebanon, which looked at the realities and challenges of marriages between Christians of different traditions and between a Catholic and a Muslim.