A Catholic bishop has reportedly regretted attending a marriage between a Catholic woman and a Muslim man inside a church.
“I attended a mixed marriage because of my close association with the bride’s family. However, I regret attending it,” says a letter from Emeritus Bishop Mathew Vaniakizhakkel of Satna.
The 74-year-old Vincentian prelate also regretted creating confusion among the faithful with his presence at the mixed marriage, reports cnewslive.com
, a Malayalam online paper.
According to the report, the marriage was conducted at the Kadavanthra Parish Church in Kochi under the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese.
According to Christian beliefs, Churches not allow a Christian to marry a member of another faith, who does not want to be baptized. Such marriages are not considered sacrament even if conducted inside a church in any particular case. Only marriages between two Christians are treated as a sacrament.
There are several allegations made by the Christian groups that the family of the girl had given 10 million rupees to the Church to solemnize the marriage.
Some Christian denominations do not even allow interdenominational marriages.