So my girlfriend and I have been dating for just over a year. We knew our religious differences from the beginning but we didn't worry about it. For the most part it hasn't been an issue at all.
Now that we talk and kid about...well kids, we've had just a couple arguments over what we believe in. I used to be a practicing Catholic but college changed that for me. She and her family our pretty devout. Her family loves me we all get along great.
As singles we both think we are OK but Catholicism is very important to her and raising kids with two parents passionate about their own belief system could be trouble.
Any similar issues or feedback?
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Well, apart from the BS religious philosophies on here I'm going to approach this as every other person that was raised Catholic, but got a good education.
Being raised Catholic is not completely about the religion. It's also about the values that come with the religion. When a person is young, it is very difficult for them to have a level of understanding that would enable them to make good decisions without some kind of guidance. The Catholic church does a lot to assist parents in that guidance. If you went to a Catholic school then you know exactly what I am talking about. Sharing, helping others, volunteering, and donating excesses are all habits that I picked up from Catholic school before I realized their actual significance.
Now, there are obvious downsides to raising your child as a Catholic. If they are gay then they are going to feel completely isolated. They may develop bias' and other beliefs based on their religion.
The best thing to do is to be aware of those bias' and encourage your child to think for themselves. If they tell you that they do not want to go through confirmation then encourage that choice. If they tell you that they are skeptical about something that they heard then discuss it with them. Make sure to supplement their education outside of the Catholic school system (science camp, etc).
There is nothing wrong with raising your child Catholic as long as you are a good parent. It can provide a great support system through some of the tough, younger years. Your child will be successful based on your parenting, not your religion.