Roman Catholic faith, by which pledge he deprives himself of the privilege of teaching his own offspring the tenets of his religion or of associating them with him in worship in his own church. The Protestant pledges on his word of honor that he will in no way hinder or obstruct his companion in the exer Cise of the Roman Catholic religion, b Ut no such assurance it exacted from the Roman Catholi C party to the marriage. "Marriage, Mixed." "The [Roman] Catholic party ought to seek the conversion of his companion before and after the wedding by means of good manners and industry, and above all by the example of a life sincerely [Roman] Catholic."—La Jesuit), Oct. In reply to the question, "May a [Roman] Catholic be best man or bridesmaid at a Protestant marriage?Thi S means also that the Protestant must concede to the Roman Catholic party's wishes in all matters regarding birth control, the use of contraceptives, "planned marriage," etc., which are subject to strict regulation by the Roman hierarchy. Furthermore, the Protestant is required to submit to a course of instruction in the Roman religion by a priest before the marriage is performed, in order that he may understand well what the Papacy requires of the party to whom he is to be wedded. The Roman Catholic party is required to do all in his power to convert his Protestant companion to the papal religion. ( July, 1939), a Roman Catholic periodical published monthly by Passionist Missions, Union City, New Jersey, replied: "If such an office is part of a religious rite, it is not lawful for a [Roman] Catholic to act as bridesmaid or best man, for it would be communication with a false religion and a tacit approbation of it." Protestant writers on this subject urge that Protestant youth be shown the dangers involved in marriage with Roman Catholics, and that a program of education in this direction be diligently fostered in all Protestant churches.
The matter of mixed marriages has become a burning issue between Protestants and Roman Catholics in recent months.
Several leading representatives of twentieth-century Protestantism have publicly taken a strong stand against the papal policy which to all intents and purposes say, "We make all the rules for any marriage in which a Roman Catholic is a party." Most important among the published statements on such marriages is the 24-page tract, of August 2, 1945, carried a fine article, 'This Matter of Mixed Marriages," by Frank C. Lieutenant Colonel Ridecitif is a retired chaplain of the United States Army.
These articles make helpful supplementary reading on the question.
Following is a copy of the statement that the Protestant party to a mixed marriage must sign in the presence of a Roman Catholic priest before the wedding takes place: "I, the undersigned, not a member of the [Roman] Catholic Church, wishing to contract marriage with_______ , a member of the Catholic Church, propose to do so with the understanding that the marriage bond thus contracted is indissoluble, except by death.
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I promise on my word of honor that I will not in any way hinder or obstruct the said ________ of the exercise of _______ religion and that all children of either sex born of our marriage shall be baptized and educated in the Catholic faith and according to the teachings of the Catholic Church, even though the said __________ should be taken away by death.
"I further promise that I will marry _________ only according to the marriage rite of the Catholic Church; that I will not, either before or after the Catholic ceremony, present myself with __________ for marriage before a civil magistrate or minister of the gospel.