Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Education, Humanities, Health and Agriculture, ICEHHA 2021, 3-4 June 2021, Ruteng, Flores, Indonesia

Research Article

Problems Faced by Catholic Partners in Inter-religious Marriage in Flores, South-east Indonesia

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.3-6-2021.2310731,
        author={Yohanes  S. Lon},
        title={Problems Faced by Catholic Partners in Inter-religious Marriage in Flores, South-east Indonesia },
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Education, Humanities, Health and Agriculture, ICEHHA 2021, 3-4 June 2021, Ruteng, Flores, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICEHHA},
        year={2021},
        month={8},
        keywords={mixed marriage catholic interreligious flores},
        doi={10.4108/eai.3-6-2021.2310731}
    }
    
  • Yohanes S. Lon
    Year: 2021
    Problems Faced by Catholic Partners in Inter-religious Marriage in Flores, South-east Indonesia
    ICEHHA
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.3-6-2021.2310731
Yohanes S. Lon1,*
  • 1: Universitas Katolik Indonesia Santu Paulus Ruteng
*Contact email: yohanes.slon@gmail.com

Abstract

This article highlights the problems experienced by catholic couples married to non-Catholic couples in Flores, Southeast Indonesia. Through the literature and field approaches, this study found that many catholic couples experienced double forms of the marriage celebration, difficulties in marriage legality and children's education, and failure in building harmony and resilience of the integrity of their marriage. This article emphasizes the problems due to the absence of explicitly mentioning interfaith marriage in the articles of Law No.1 of 1974 concerning Marriage. Marriage Law should be made friendly to religious diversity and interfaith Marriage in Indonesia. Interfaith/ interreligious marriages in Indonesia should receive adequate legal, religious, and social protections. Furthermore, married couples who live in interfaith marriages must develop an inclusive religious mindset and practical interpersonal communicative skills to make their marriage permanent.