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The Church refers to these types of marriages as Sometimes a future spouse will choose to go through a process called RCIA to become Catholic prior to marriage, but it is not necessary to become Catholic before marrying a Catholic.However, express permission of the local bishop is necessary.The Catholic Encyclopaedia puts it starkly: “From the very beginning of its existence the Church of Christ has been opposed to such unions.As Christ raised wedlock to the dignity of a Sacrament, a marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic was rightly looked upon as degrading the holy character of matrimony, involving as it did a communion in sacred things with those outside the fold”.
In either case the disparities between faiths can lead to tension and gradually religious indifference.
Yes, shocking as it may seem today, the Church really has traditionally taught that you should not marry a non-Catholic for one of the same reasons that you should not share Holy Communion with them: doing so debases a Sacrament, falsely expressing a full communion where such does not and can not exist.
The pastoral reality of frequent Catholic inter-marriage with Lutherans in Germany has led to recent attempts by the German Bishops to abrogate the Church’s historic proscription of inter-communion, precisely for the sake of Protestant spouses.
For a mixed-marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic to work well it is important that the couple embraces what is common between their respective faith traditions and “to learn from each other the way in which each lives in fidelity to Christ,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1634).
This can be very difficult and trying, but can be overcome by mutual respect.