HomeThe Paulinian Compassvol. 2 no. 2 (2011)

Catholic Intermarriages in Australia: Attitudes to Children, Identity and Sharing Household Responsibilities

Abe W. Ata

Discipline: Family and Relationships, Religion



A cursory glance of the human history shows a changing view about marriage on various aspects and levels. One of which is the level of people‘s exploration leading to marriage with a spouse that may have different articles of faith.

This study‘s focal concern is on Australia‘s Catholics‘ and Christians‘ interfaith marriages, and its level of influence on attitudes to children, identity, and sharing household responsibilities. Expectations are predetermined from both parties but it can be discerned that with sound values, relationships can be rockbed strong.

Raising a family for two individuals with distinct spiritual formation can bring multidisciplinary results. It may be a source of inspiration not only for children seeing their parents respecting each other‘s belief— for the love of fellow, own children, and especially the love that has flourished through the union of faith.