Father Angel Perez-Lopez, formation adviser and assistant professor of philosophical ethics and sacred moral theology at St.
John Vianney Seminary in Denver, explained that a Catholic is bound by the canonical form of marriage, even if he or she strays from the Church.
“You want to maintain a good relationship to keep the door open to help lead them back into the Church.” Rita Ciavarella of Bismarck, N.
D., said she and her husband, Rick, made the decision not to attend invalid weddings.
When it comes to attending weddings of relatives, Splonskowski said he decides on a case-by-case basis.
“There has been times it may have strained the relationship if we had not showed up,” Splonskowski said.
“We don’t want to make harsh judgments and don’t believe in making enemies,” he said.
Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, after Christianity.
Halal is typically referred to as a law of cleanliness, including a set of dietary restrictions somewhat similar to rules in Judaism.
According to Father Perez-Lopez, this whole issue demands an exercise of the virtue of prudence.
A great number of important circumstances may change the moral scenario.
“Every situation will call upon our reserves of prayer, discernment and evaluation,” he said.
“And a good confession before making any decision is always a good idea.” According to him, maintaining peace within families is very important, but there is also the question of motive: “Are they trying to put me in an uncomfortable position to prove their point?