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Furthermore, it warns Catholics that "if the marriage is registered with a consulate of the Islamic country of origin, the Catholic party must beware of reciting or signing documents containing the shahada (profession of the Muslim faith)".

To whom can they turn for advice about the unique issues they face?

Where can priests and campus ministers go when called upon to counsel the small but growing number of such couples?

On Saturday night, retreatants participated in an activity designed to get them thinking about boundaries.

The couples were asked to split into four groups (Muslim women, Muslim men, Christian women, Christian men) to discuss and list negotiables and non-negotiables in the form of “I shall” and “I shall not” statements.

And Christian-Muslim couples truly are in need of especially sensitive and informed pastoral care.

Reaction to such relationships can be strong, and many couples fear vehement disapproval from their families, ethnic group and/or society at large.However, in relation to inter-religious marriages, it expresses grave reservations, arguing that "marriage between Catholics and non-Christian migrants should be discouraged".Calling women "the least protected member of the Muslim family", the document speaks of the "bitter experience" of western Catholic women married to Muslim husbands, especially if the couple originally married in the west and then later moved to the Muslim husband's country of origin.They were also asked to list their fears, rational or not.Some fears: baptism of their children (Muslim men), moving to a foreign country indefinitely (Christian women); giving up the faith (Muslim women), being rejected by the husband’s family (Christian women).In their lists of shalls and shall nots, the overwhelming response of the participants, no matter the religion, was: “I will maintain my religious and cultural identity; I will not convert.” One couple admitted that before they got married, each fantasized about what it would be like for the other to convert.

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