In fact, the very first wedding I ever performed, over 30 years ago, was a Catholic-Jewish celebration. Not too long ago, it was very uncommon for people to marry outside of their religion. In fact, there was a time when even a marriage between an Irish Catholic and an Italian Catholic was frowned upon. Today it is very common to find our children wanting to marry someone of a different faith.Q: What does canon law really say about divorced people receiving Holy Communion?
This is sometimes more difficult for the Jewish partner than the Catholic, because on this issue the Catholic Church allows great freedom.This poses a dilemma for some priests who feel that by our taking part we are undermining our local colleagues.On the other hand, some of us see the value in keeping a connection with the couple by performing these marriages. On the issue of raising children, I repeat what I said earlier: A child cannot be a Jew and a Catholic at the same time.I have found that many young couples who may not be that connected to their faith traditions think that the religious issue will not be a problem.Unfortunately, they don’t appreciate how these matters may crop up later to present very difficult challenges.Consequently, the Church has spoken on this matter not merely in the Code of Canon Law, but also in the Catechism and in other theological contexts.