I thought it was better to be Catholic with a Jewish mother, than to be a little of each.” The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University recently studied Catholics and marriage.
In interviews with 1,000 Catholics of various ages, the group found that 72 percent of married Catholics have a Catholic spouse.
“Socioeconomically, the groups were identical, even a few years down the line,” he says.
“My grandparents lived in a neighborhood where you spoke Yiddish or Italian.
“For some couples, it is that religiosity that some people see as a conflict, but it often it is a bridge.” Traditional proximity between Jews and Catholics is a result of parallel immigration patterns, explains Rabbi Blecher.
A majority of the Jews–as well as a good number of the Catholics–in the United States are descendants of European immigrants who came to the United States in the early part of the 20th Century.
“Fewer people want to alienate their children over intermarriage.” Some of the same challenges remain, however.
Before they were born, I read a bunch of books and decided that kids need to have one identity.
They are raising their two sons, ages 11 and 8, as Catholic, although Melissa Simon still considers herself Jewish.