Mixed marriages: Catholic / non-Catholic marriages in Australia
Ata, Abe. (2005) Mixed marriages: Catholic / non-Catholic marriages in Australia David Lovell Publishing.
Dr Ata interviewed one hundred Victorians who are in Catholic/other-Christian marriages. Dr Ata's overall finding is that such marriages suffer far less from cultural and religious exclusiveness that do marriages between people of different religions, and he notes that the ever-increasing acceptance of such marriages, even within the Christian churches, is another sign among many of the Australian tolerance for different expressions of faith. Nevertheless, Dr Ata has been able to indicate some categories within which challenges arise. Dealing with conflicts over within which denomination children will be raised was a key issue, especially when there was strong expectation form one or both denominations that the children would be raised within that denomination. Indeed the pervasiveness of the church and the level of its expectations on the individual within the marriage is shown to be a key factor that causes stress. There are many positive factors too; some of these being the increase in understanding of and appreciation for the denomination of the other, and the potential for children to grow up in a religious atmosphere relatively free of the domination of one church.
|Keywords||Interfaith marriage; Catholic Church in Australia; Religion and Society|
|Research Group||School of Theology|
|Publisher||David Lovell Publishing|
|Place of publication||Australia|
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