Historically Jews are opposed to marriages to non-Jews. Rabbi Allen S. Maller believes intermarriage should be discouraged in Jewish children at a young age, before the risk of falling in love becomes an issue. Maller argues that love does not overcome all obstacles and that religion is as important, if not more so, than love in maintaining a successful marriage. To support his beliefs, Maller (2003) argues that ˘When Christians marry Jews; the divorce rate more than doubles that of marriages between couples of the same faith÷ (15). Maller lists a host of issues that typically destabilize unions between Jews and Christians. These include what kind of wedding ceremony to hold, what kind of services to attend, and how to raise children in two-faith households. Bottom line, Maller (2003) argues that such unions should be heavily discouraged by early intervention from parents and religious and community leaders because ˘Jews see Christianity as undermining the identity and solidarity of the Jewish people÷ (15).
While the Catholic clergy and community also try to discourage intermarriage, Christians are much more open to sanctioning such unions than Jews when the situation arises. Unlike Rabbi MallerĂs belief that the twain shall never meet, Reverend Bernie Pietrzak, a Roman Catholic Priest, oversees the Jewish Catholic Couples Dialogue Group in Chicago. Unlike m