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.
This was true also when Catholics married other Christians. Canon Law today requires that the Catholic parties promise that they will not give up their faith due to the marriage and that they will do "what is in their power" to share the Catholic faith with their children.
These words were carefully chosen and mean what they say.
"Among the many blessings that God has showered upon us in Christ is the blessing of marriage, a gift bestowed by the Creator from the creation of the human race…It is a source of blessing to the couple, to their families, and to society and includes the wondrous gift of co-creating human life.
Indeed, as Pope John Paul II never tired of reminding us, the future of humanity depends on marriage and the family."– U. Catholic Bishops, 2009 Pastoral Letter: Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan The Bishops launched the National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage in 2005 to call attention to the meaning and value of married life for the Church and for society.
The "Marriage: Unique for a Reason" website is part of the Bishops' ongoing efforts to promote and defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The Initiative's other activities included: a research study on Catholics and marriage; ; an analysis of diocesan marriage preparation policies; and dialogues with social scientists and theologians.For example, many people begin to rediscover the importance of a faith tradition when they start having children. The wedding ceremony, which in some ways is less important than the issue of children, should reflect the traditions of both because both are involved.This is sometimes more difficult for the Jewish partner than the Catholic, because on this issue the Catholic Church allows great freedom.Who is the one who will be mainly responsible for the religious upbringing of the children?
Whatever tradition children are raised in, hopefully they would be exposed to the other faith and share to some extent in the rituals of that tradition.
If you're planning a Catholic wedding, you'll find information on everything from choosing the music and readings to marrying someone who is not Catholic.