I’m Catholic and He’s Jehovah’s Witness. Will It Ever Work?

Dr. Wendy Walsh
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Reader Question:

I come from a Catholic family and was recently in a relationship with someone who came from a Jehovah’s Witnesses family.

Even though neither of us is practicing our faiths, he wants to give it another try with the possibility of marriage.

Will it ever work?

-Mandy (Canada)

Dr. Wendy Walsh’s Answer:

Dear Mandy,

I think what you’re actually saying is the two of you are interested in getting back together but you may have a religious conflict.

I’m wondering if this was the thing that broke you up before?

In general, I believe the best way to predict people’s future behavior is to look at their past behavior. Whatever problems you had in the past didn’t magically disappear because you took a break.

As for the religious question, you two need to talk about it – what holidays you plan on celebrating, how the children will be raised, etc.

Having a frank and open conversation may reveal a lot.

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