A marriage to a non-baptized person can be especially difficult because of the greater chasm in religious belief.In either case the disparities between faiths can lead to tension and gradually religious indifference.For instance, he became influenced by the Celtic Rite, and later adopted these beliefs and practices as his own.But he never lost the respect of his former Anglican peers, a testament to his diplomacy and ability as an interpreter.The Catholic person must uphold the obligation to preserve his or her own faith and “ensure the baptism and education of the children in the Catholic Church,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1635).
However, express permission of the local bishop is necessary.
What if a recent convert has a family that is opposed to the Catholic faith? He presents us with a framework for dealing with such issues, as his life gives us a model for handling these types of situations.
It is believed that Cedd was born into an Anglican family, and as the presumed oldest of four, took on a leadership role early on with his siblings.
Attempting to convert one’s spouse can be interpreted as hostile and could lead to discord in the marriage.
Humility and open and honest communication about expectations and the practical side of a mixed-marriage is important to making it succeed.