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Our readers asked:

Should a Catholic couple who adopts a Jewish child raise that child as a Catholic?

Rev. Leo A. Walsh, S.T.D. Answers:

Yes. At their wedding, the Catholic couple promises to “accept children lovingly from God and raise them according to the laws of Christ and his Church.” This includes adopted children. That being said, most adoptions these days are “open adoptions” where contact with birth parents is much more common. In some circumstances, it can be very beneficial for a child to be familiar with the religious heritage of his or her birth parents. In others, it might not be. Prudential judgment and discernment with all parties involved are essential elements in deciding what to do.

 
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The Author : Rev. Leo A. Walsh, S.T.D.
The Rev. Leo A. Walsh, S.T.D., formerly the Interreligious Affairs specialist at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is now pastor of St. Benedict's Parish in Anchorage, Alaska. Photo Credit: Bob Roller, Catholic News Service (CNS).
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