I've been married for nearly ten years according to the State of Maryland. My wife needs to be confirmed in the Catholic church to be a recognized godmother. We now are required to get married in the Catholic church because the church doesn't recognize our legal marriage.
Not only is it confusing that the government is involved in marriage in the first place, but the fact that the Pope cares about non-real marriages between same-sex people is more confusing.
The Catholic Church is the last organization that should be telling people about right and wrong. They ignored the WRONG that their own priests perpetrated on children, for decades - around the globe.
They have done good, but an awful lot of bad along the way.
I'm probably best described as agnostic (but open minded to many people's beliefs), but as long as we get married in the church and I promise that my kid be raised Catholic they're fine with our "mixed marriage". I recently found out the correct term for me is "unbaptized".
I recently went in for the interview process with the priest since she's working through the confirmation process. During this we had to fill out a bit of paperwork, and the priest told us that he generally doesn't have it this easy when the other spouse isn't Catholic. Apparently a lot of people go in disagreeing over religion, how their child should be raised, etc. I don't know how you go to that interview without a reasonable understanding, but the priests supposedly see a lot of conflict over this.
The Catholic Church is a joke, a very sad and tragic joke. The Pope had a chance to redeem himself and chose to cover up the mass molestations of thousands of children. How can people possibly be so stupid to follow the head of a church who swept the innocence of those children under the rug, and then asked for more money from the parishioners to pay for the millions in lawsuits. Now just how stupid do you have to be??????
Nothing he has to say affects my life, and I like it that way.
Neither has considered converting but that is okay as they are quite respectful and well loved in the family.
But you are correct that priests see a lot of family in fighting when these issues come up.
My children are my legacy.
So if you are putting money in the collection plate every Sunday you are in essence supporting the mass molestation of children. Must give some a warm fuzzy feeling.
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