- Jan 20, 2021
An Indian cardinal has set up a commission to look into interfaith marriage as the issue has become a political flashpoint in the country.
India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party has approved legislation in the country’s most populous state that lays out a prison term of up to 10 years for anyone found guilty of using marriage to force someone to change religion.
Six German bishops will meet with officials from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts to discuss German plans to allow greater access to the Eucharist for Protestants married to Catholics.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reportedly rejected a planned proposal by the German bishops’ conference to publish guidelines permitting non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive the Eucharist in some limited circumstances.
Indian Archbishop Felix Machado warned about being prejudiced against interreligious marriages, stating that although such marriages are not ideal, Catholics should note where Pope Francis says people should not be trapped in lamenting the situation a couple find themselves but remember that for all a family’s problems, it can always grow, “beginning with love.”
Current President of Tunisia, Beji Caid Essebsi, 90, after taking office in 2014, declared that “the state is obliged to achieve full equality between women and men and to ensure equal opportunities for all.” One of the thing he has done is to repeal the law banning Muslim women from marrying non-Muslim men.