Catholic man dating a muslim woman
Khaled: At the mosque, a lot of women tried to talk Alexandra out of the idea but she stood by the ring.Alexandra: It was difficult at first to distinguish what was normal for a new couple growing together and what was limited to religious and cultural reasons.He has made history by being the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to pray in a mosque, and he has sought to heal the ancient wounds between Christians and Jews.But in spite of the general feelings of goodwill towards other religions that the Holy See has sought to generate since the groundbreaking Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, there is still concern about interfaith marriages.The fact that the Vatican document refers to that should not be seen as a criticism of Islam, but merely as a word of caution for Catholic women.
He noted that regardless of the tone of the Vatican statement, the fact remains that the church does at least allow marriage between Catholics and Muslims.But he also said, "The teachings of Islam are totally against [the suppression of women]; in Islam, women have all the dignity given to them, perhaps even more so than in Western societies, and they are not to be given second-class status, nor be trampled upon; they have rights of inheritance; they have freedom, they are really head of the family; so the unfortunate thing with the Vatican statement is that it gives the impression that this is the teaching of Islam, which it is not."Another scholar, Ghayasuddin Siddiqi of London University's Muslim Institute, also found the Vatican's lecture on human rights condescending toward Muslims."I think it is just playing on the existing Islamophobia, which is taking a grip on our society. I mean this whole Islamophobia, the war on terror, has come about as a result of political reasons," he said.Both Catholic and Islamic faiths are alike in wanting the children of such unions to be part of their own flock.Rome insists that the children must be baptized and brought up as Christians.