In any case, the marriage between a Catholic and a Muslim, if celebrated in spite of all this, requires not only canonical dispensation but also the support of the Catholic community both before and after the marriage.
One of the most important tasks of Catholic associations, volunteer workers and counselling services will be to help these families educate their children and, if need be, to support the least protected member of the Muslim family, that is the woman, to know and insist on her rights.
It's remarkable that, multiculturalism notwithstanding, such institutions as the U. government and the Vatican are warning women away from inter-religious marriages. 1, 2005 update: Cardinal Camillo Ruini, president of the Italian Bishops Conference and a right-hand man to Pope Benedict XVI, issued a statement yesterday on behalf of the conference, warning against Catholics marrying Muslims.
"In addition to the problems that any couple encounters when forming a family, Catholics and Muslims have to reckon with the difficulties that inevitably arise from deep cultural differences." He also noted that it is usually a Catholic woman who marries a Muslim men, that usually she converts, not he, and their children tend to be brought up as Muslims.
It is remarkable for its undiplomatic and anecdotal tone, so distant from the department's standard bureaucratic style.
For prospective spouses, "Marriage to Saudis" constituted an official tutorial in Saudi culture; for others, it served as a fascinating example of practical anthropology, school of hard knocks.
There is the universal recollection of approaching Riyadh and witnessing the donning of the black abayas and face veils by the fashionably dressed Saudi women.
Despite its affectionate title, the document includes a warning against Catholic women marrying Muslim men.
Do not be deceived and become a victim of his religion which has very oppressive rules regarding women's status and rights. While you may be in love, a Muslim man could just be using you to obtain legal immigrant status and citizenship. You must be warned that Islam is more than a religion; it is a way of life, a complete code of the 7th Century pagan Arabian culture that Muslims want to force non-Muslims to adopt.
If there is ever a dispute between you and your Muslim husband, he only needs to travel to a Muslim country and Islamic law, which favor men, would apply. The Muslim's mind is ingrained with the teachings of the Koran and his Muslim culture which favor men.
His sweet words and attention may blind you regarding the influence of his Muslim religion and culture.
Because we have freedom of religion, he may agree that you can keep your religion and you may think there will be no problem with such a marriage. Very often there is a motive behind such a marriage.