Are catholics allowed to marry muslims?


#1

I am hearing a rummor that catholics are not allowed to marry muslims, is this true? why or why not?


#2

Catholics may appeal to the Bishop for a “Disparity of Cult”, allowing them to marry a non-Christian.

Why would a Catholic want to marry someone who has such opposing beliefs? It would be a nightmare for the children.


#3

I am married to an American born Presbyterian and it has not been perfect. We are happy but religion has been a constant problem. There is a difference between happiness and joy. I don’t think we have joy in our marriage. I can not stress how much harder it would be for a Catholic woman to marry a Muslim. Especially if they were foreign born. Their world view is very different.

Ladies find a nice Catholic man. If you can’t maybe you have a religious calling.


#4

I don’t know the Church’s position of this or the legalities, but I would not advice a catholic woman to marry a muslim man especially if he is a practicing muslim. This is because muslims will allow to marry outside of Islam as long as the children are raised as muslims. I don’t know why a catholic would want that. If it was the other way around, it is the man who carries the “religious” leadership. A muslim woman and a catholic man will have catholic children.

Besides that one aspect, I think it all depends on how respectful people are of eachother’s beliefs and if they are able to find common beliefes and stand on them, and agree to disagree on the others.

My boyfriend is unique because he has a catholic father muslim mother and considers himself both a Catholic and a Muslim. I don’t know how he reconciles the major differences in the religions but he’s able to do it… if he can, I’m sure others can too if they will it.


#5

[quote=Daniel Marsh]I am hearing a rummor that catholics are not allowed to marry muslims, is this true? why or why not?
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Daniel,

As mentioned, dispensation from disparity of cult is possible, but the understanding of marriage is radically different between Catholic and Islamic theology. Many pastors believe that the religious gulf is too broad to sustain marital success over time.

However, the “rumor” most likely is a variation on a recent event, though. Cardinal Camillo Ruini, president of the Italian conference of bishops, called on his fellow bishops to advise Catholics against marriages with Muslims. You may view this at dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2005%5C12%5C01%5Cstory_1-12-2005_pg4_15


#6

While there is no absolute prohibition, on a case by case a priest can refuse any marriage if he thinks that the person’s faith is in grave danger.

A Catholic woman marrying a muslim man would be in such danger of not being able to practice her religion or raise the children Catholic.

It is unwise to marry outside the faith, doubly so with one hostile to Catholicism. And even moreso in countries that follow Islamic law or where Christianity and conversion is illegal.


#7

[quote=genealogist]I am married to an American born Presbyterian and it has not been perfect. We are happy but religion has been a constant problem. There is a difference between happiness and joy. I don’t think we have joy in our marriage. I can not stress how much harder it would be for a Catholic woman to marry a Muslim. Especially if they were foreign born. Their world view is very different.

Ladies find a nice Catholic man. If you can’t maybe you have a religious calling.
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Excellently put - thank you for sharing. I married a non-practicing Catholic and feel much the same way.


#8

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