November 8, 2010

Religiously mixed marriages are becoming more common among those who practise Reform Judaism but have shown a significant decline among U.S. Catholics in the past 20 years, speakers said at a recent meeting of a Catholic-Jewish dialogue group.

Forty-six per cent of married Reform Jews have spouses who identify themselves as having another faith, while 26 per cent of Catholic marriages involve partners who are non-Catholic, participants in the semi-annual consultation of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Council of Synagogues were told.

The percentage of Jews in mixed marriages becomes progressively lower as one moves across the spectrum from Reform to Conservative to Orthodox Judaism.