After all, Richards was raised Catholic, attended Catholic school, grew up mostly around fellow Catholics, and knew she wanted her children raised with the same faith.
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“Marriage preparation becomes a possible moment of grace.” Despite the rise in interfaith and interchurch marriages, they’re not at an all-time high.
According to CARA, the highest rate of interfaith marriages took place in the 1970s and 1980s, when young Catholics dispersed from East Coast and Midwestern cities into areas of the country where there were fewer Catholic enclaves.
Of never-married Catholics, only 7 percent said it was “very important” to marry someone of the same faith.
“We realize that this is a major pastoral issue,” says Sheila Garcia, associate director of the U. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth.
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