Until present years, the thought of a Catholic marrying outside of the faith had been practically unheard of, if maybe not taboo. Such weddings were held in personal ceremonies when you look at the parish rectory, perhaps perhaps not in a church sanctuary right in front of hundreds of relatives and buddies.
Today, lots of people marry across spiritual lines.
The price of ecumenical marriages (a Catholic marrying a baptized non-Catholic) and interfaith marriages (a Catholic marrying a non-baptized non-Christian) differs by area. In regions of the U.S. with proportionately fewer Catholics, up to 40% of married Catholics can be in ecumenical or marriages that are interfaith.
The church doesnвЂ™t encourage the practice, but it does try to support ecumenical and interfaith couples and help them prepare to meet those challenges with a spirit of holiness because of the challenges that arise when a Catholic marries someone of a different religion.