As a Protestant in a committed relationship with a Catholic, I’ve been informed about a thousand times that if he and I marry, he’s obligated to raise our children in the Catholic faith.
And please don’t explain to me why interfaith marriages are difficult and should be avoided if possible, because I’ve been told that a thousand times as well.
Knowing that he’s “obligated” to raise our children Catholic, what would happen if he didn’t? If he let me take them to my church because I, theoretically, believed that raising kids Catholic is the most effective way to ensure you’ve got rebellious kids? (I know it’s in the parenting, but I’m just giving a reason why I would possibly not let him raise them Catholic. I probably would.)
What if we took them to Mass until a certain age where we let them decide whether or not they wanted to continue? That would be a more realistic thing I’d propose for my children. Because forcing kids to go through a practice they do not like actually is effective for raising rebellious children. Would that be wrong, too?
What would happen if we did either of these things? Would he be asked to leave the Church? Would it be a mortal sin to let our children decide what to do?