Again, I must tread softly when we talk about religion because, while Ben thinks it perfectly enlightened and proper to ridicule the various aspects of Christian religions, his lips clamp shut when I venture to suggest that Judaism is at least as dogmatic as Catholicism and as jealous of its own, that the Jewish church plays politics quite as much as Rome, wields an international influence equally strong, and, to an avowed agnostic like himself, should present at least as much ritual balderdash—the prohibiting of milk or butter at a meal where meat is eaten, the wearing of prayer shawls and hats by men worshipers at services, the tearful wailing of the cantor, the swaying back and forth of the worshipers at synagogue prayer. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters theatlantic. Ecumenical and Interfaith Marriages Marrying someone of another faith? They lived in the same tenements and went to the same schools. Sweeney, the grandson of two evangelical Protestant pastors, attended Wheaton College, the conservative Christian school that counts Billy Graham among its alumni. We argue when we feel impelled to do so, when we read or hear something that touches the vital nerve of the Jewish-Gentile problem.
We are just Ben and Gertrude to each other.
The Jewish fear of intermarriage
I have been to synagogue with him on the day when he goes, Rosh Hashana. That is, they get each other. Therefore, most ecumenical or interfaith weddings take place outside of Mass: The old persecutions are rising again throughout the world. Or else, just my salty opinion. Spoiler alert:
When a Jew and a Catholic marry
This is true, I admit it to Ben, terribly true and terribly wrong, and certainly one of the major causes for the centuries-old friction between the two races. In interviews with 1, Catholics of various ages, the group found that 72 percent of married Catholics have a Catholic spouse. What Catholic interfaith couples share with the divorced and remarried. The moving pictures are full of sex and sensuality, and cater solely to the Jews' god, money. Like most Gentiles, I read both the Old and the New Testament of the Bible, but neither Ben nor any of his Jewish friends have, so far as I can ascertain, ever honored the New Testament with so much as a glance. I have admitted that I found strange, and a little comical, the presence of men in black derbies at the altar, the squeaky notes of the Shofar, or ram's horn, the continuous giggling and gossiping throughout the long services Ben has told me you cannot expect people to keep quiet for six hours at a stretchthe absence of that reverent hush that makes the Catholic or Episcopal service inspiring. So actual interfaith marriages, the kind we think about when we think about intermarriage, are important because they throw into relief the problems inherent to all romantic unions.