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Mary Matthews wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have some questions about a mixed marriage in the Catholic Church. I was raised Catholic and have family members strongly pushing me to pursue this option.

Currently, I do not actively participate in the Catholic Church because I have some serious issues with the Catholic Church's activities. The God that I believe in is the same one that I was raised to believe in, I just do not attend Mass any longer.

  • What would be your suggestion for me and my fiancé in this instance?
  • I am of the belief that it is wrong to take this route only to appease my family, or is it OK to do in the eyes of God?

I truly do not know what to do.

Any advice you can offer would be truly helpful.


  { Should I pursue a mixed marriage in the Catholic Church only to appease my family members? }

Bob replied:


Can you be a little clearer on what you are asking.

  • Do you mean to get married in the Catholic Church?
  • Is your fiancé Catholic?


Bob Kirby

Mary replied:


I was raised Catholic. My fiancé is not Catholic.

My family is urging me to try a mixed marriage in the Catholic Church.


Bob replied:


You should talk to a priest about this. Getting married in the Church is a good idea, but there is a lot to discuss: the reasons you left, your future as a Catholic, etc.

Start the dialogue and be open to God working through this process. Initially, there may be no way to solve it all, but make the inquiries.


Bob Kirby

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