I have been dating a devout Catholic for close to four months. As my feelings grew, knowing the commitment required entering marriage with a Catholic, I researched. I also read that marriage with a non-Catholic is allowed if the Catholic has full intentions to remain devoted to the Church and raise the children within the Church. We discussed marriage and children and I had agreed to attend Mass and do my best to support the children being raised as Catholics but that I would at times still like to attend my church’s Friday night services. I go to the church my ex used to go to – he has been Catholic only a few years – by myself (he is not allowed to go).
He has recently ended the relationship due to his priest telling him he shouldn’t be with me because the marriage will not work and will have conflict because I am not Catholic. The priest has never asked to meet or speak with me and has also told him he has a calling to priesthood, which my ex does not want to do. I’m conflicted as I thought he would want to help – my ex has never had feelings of love before me, saw a future with me, and is very torn. He told me he follows the most devout version of Catholicism and 9 out of 10 Catholics don’t know what being a Catholic is. Is this priest correct that a Catholic/non-Catholic marriage would never work even though we both have a strong faith and I have agreed to the commitments and know aspects of the Catholic Church I myself would enjoy?
Your feedback would certainly help some of my confusion. God bless.