Thank you Tim…I just don’t understand the logic…on one hand as non baptised persons our church does not recognise the validity of my husbands first marriage.
If he is now divorced from a marriage that we don’t recognise why does this prevent him from being baptised.
Our current marriage is addressed as problematic, yet my children now live in a stable loving and faith filled environment. I question only the logic as we are taught to believe…
“In marriages with disparity of cult the Catholic spouse has a particular task: “For the unbelieving husband is consecrated through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is consecrated through her husband.” It is a great joy for the Christian spouse and for the Church if this “consecration” should lead to the free conversion of the other spouse to the Christian faith.” 1637?
In Corthinians Chapter 7…from verse 2
but because of cases of immorality every man should have his own wife, and every woman her own husband…Now to the unmarried and to widows, I say: it is a good thing for them to remain as they are, as I do, but if they cannot exercise self-control they should marry, for it is better to marry than to be on fire…For the unbelieving husband is made holy through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy through the brother. Otherwise your children would be unclean, whereas in fact they are holy…Only, everyone should live as the Lord has assigned, just as God called each one. I give this order in all the churches. Was someone called after he had been circumcised? He should not try to undo his circumcision. Was an uncircumcised person called? He should not be circumcised. Circumcision means nothing, and uncircumcision means nothing; what matters is keeping God’s commandments.
Everyone should remain in the state in which he was called."
The teaching I have received in this respect I was taught that distinct human conditions are less significant than the whole new existence opened up by God’s call, we are taught that Paul urges individuals to be less concerned with changing their states of life than with answering God’s call where it finds them. To this end in compliance with our church we attempt to practice “Sincere married love, the humble and patient practice of the family virtues, and perseverance in prayer” in preparing my husband to accept the grace of conversion."
Why therefore with all the effort we have applied to the creation of a Catholic domestic faith to nurture the growth of our children are we being tried so fervently.
Reference to bigotry and racism…perhaps tongue in cheek, apologies but we attempt at all time to love others as Jesus loved us! this is the pinnacle of our families belief yet by embracing my husband as an intergral person in our home, we are asked to observe yet not receive sacraments.
I am to teach my children the forgiveness of God in a church that does not recognise the work we have put into the formation of a Catholic home, in practice but not name. It has left us very saddened.