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By Tessa Dean January 2021
Ginny was freshly bathed after a swim in the lake. She sat on the porch with Thomas and they talked about world affairs. They didn’t always agree on politics and church policies, just like any couple, but usually they could have a conversation that was friendly. They disagreed about the current political unrest and other current events and usually ended up just agreeing to disagree and not fight about it.
One of the their biggest items though was their religions. They had begun making plans for their wedding despite it being years off and her mother not even knowing they were engaged yet. They liked to make plans and see what they absolutely agreed upon and what they didn’t and figure out what they were going to do about it. The hardest challenge so far has been what church they will be married in. Ginny didn’t really go to church so to her it didn’t matter too much, but Thomas was Catholic and therefore since she wasn’t, they had been told that they couldn’t be married in his church which was a Catholic Church. This bothered him a lot.
“Please pass the crescent rolls, Thomas,” Mr. Banks asked, puzzled as to why they weren’t saying much. Usually they were excitely talking about their wedding plans.
“Mom and Dad, Ginny and I have a problem with our wedding plans. It is kind of a big problem for me anyhow.” Thomas spoke very seriously and both parents knew something was up.
“What is it son?” Mrs. Banks looked from Thomas to Ginny, who was just as serious as he was.
“We’re Catholic and I want to get married in our church. I have gone there ever since I was a baby and this is important to me, but I have been told that since Ginny is not Catholic we can’t be married there.”
“Well son that is not true. You can still be married in the Catholic church, but there are some things to consider and you two need to work this out before signing anything and going through the church required programs. You Thomas, have to state that you will remain a Catholic despite what you spouse does. Your children do not have to be raised Catholic although you must promise to try and raise your children as Catholic and you must respect Ginny and her faith, whatever it might be. If you can work these things out there is no reason that you can’t be married in our church.”
Thomas looked surprised. “Are you sure dad? That wasn’t what I had heard.”
“Look it might not be easy and I don’t know Ginny’s faith or if she even believes in God, but you can still get married in the Catholic church and you don’t have to raise the children to be Catholic if Ginny is against it and you can abide by her wishes.”
Everyone turned to look at Ginny. “I don’t go to church anymore, but as a child I went to the local Methodist church with my Mom. My Dad didn’t go to church. I don’t know how I feel about God right now, but I have no problem raising our children as Catholic if that is your desire, Thomas.”
“There is one other thing. True Catholics don’t believe in birth control which is one reason why we have 12 children. If you aren’t planning on children or on just having a few you might want to consider this.”
Thomas said, “Ginny and I had a discussion and we left it at we would compromise and have 6 children. Ginny only wanted two and I wanted 12 like our family. She finally agreed on six, but I know that is not her true wish. We would have to use some sort of birth control most likely. Even if it is just watching the calendar and not having sex as often as we might want. I know they don’t believe in birth control pills, diaphragms etc.”
Ginny looked exasperated at the current conversation. “I don’t want to come between you and your faith and since I do love you I will abide by the Catholic rules and just hope we don’t end up with 12 or more children. Ok, this is a delicate subject. Thomas and I are still virgins, but we are almost 20 years old and our relationship is growing closer. What do we do about not having children before we are ready. Since we aren’t married yet, can I use my birth control pills still. I am on them just in case because I expect to need them shortly. My feelings for Thomas are growing despite our desire to wait until after school to get married. Actually I have been having second thoughts on about waiting until I finish school. I love Thomas and your family and want to start having a family sooner than 5 years from now.”
“You mean that you are willing to get married even sooner, Ginny?” Thomas was grinning ear to ear.
“Yes, Thomas, I would like to start planning our wedding for real and for let’s say in another year, two at the most.”
“I am so happy to hear this. What do you think Mom and Dad?”
“Well you two are almost 20 and I think a year or two is a good time to get married. You need about a year to properly plan a wedding so that is a good time frame.” Mrs. Banks smiled at the two of them. “I think there is someone you need to tell right away though. Your Mom needs to know what is going on Ginny and will she be well enough to help you plan the wedding or do you need my help? I don’t want to offend her.”
“I will ask her Mrs. Banks. I think she will be happy for the help because I know it is hard for her to do a lot of things, but I am sure she will want to be involved. I know she likes Thomas so that shouldn’t be a problem. I am sure she will give her blessing.”
Thomas and Ginny grabbed hold of each other’s hands and started whispering. They left the dinner table to start making plans for real now.
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