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Welcome to the website of the Interchurch Families International Network.

(Feature article can be found below.)
 
People come to this site to learn more about marriages across denominational lines, be it because they live, or have a family member or friend in, such a marriage; or to know what the churches are learning and saying about such marriages. More and more, people are coming here to discover the riches and joy to be found in sharing in each other's church traditions, and worshipping as much as possible together in each other's churches.

We who live such marriages are today gathering in groups and Associations in various countries. We lend support to each other, share information, and discuss how to live the often painful and confusing situations arising out of the divisions in the churches.  We seek  to grow in Christian unity, and become for our churches an ever-greater gift of healing of the scandal of disunity.

This site provides rich resources for this journey. Of these, the Journal, produced over a period of more than 10 years, and reflecting the experiences of interchurch families and the theology which undergirds their journey, must be counted among the most valuable.

The Interchurch Families International Discussion Group enables us to share joys and sorrows, to discuss ways of dealing with immediate issues which arise as a consequence of living our marital unity within churches which are divided.  Feel free to join.

Enjoy and, if you have comments or questions, please contact me, Ray Temmerman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

   

Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

10 March 2005

Your Excellency

I have received your letter of the 28 February with which you sent a copy of the ‘Message from the French Association of Interchurch Families to the Bishops in preparation for the Synod on the Eucharist.’

As you know, the question of communicatio in sacris is one of the major preoccupations of this Pontifical Council. We have provided guidelines on the way to act in the Ecumenical Directory and are naturally interested in the implications of this question on everyday life, particularly that of interchurch families. This subject, because of the doctrinal questions it brings with it, is also on the discussion agenda in several dialogues we are having with other churches. In fact, the two Codes of canon law ask the bishops to watch over with particular attention the development of mixed marriages.

I can assure you, for my part, that the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity intends to raise this important question for debate during the coming Bishops’ Synod, and I hope that this will be the opportunity for deep theological and pastoral reflection on a subject which is nowadays becoming more and more important.

Thank you for drawing my attention to the concerns of French interchurch families.

Yours sincerely

Cardinal Walter Kasper