Catholic Mother’s Refusal to Give Child Jewish Education No Divorce Ground
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Catholic Mother’s Refusal to Give Child Jewish Education No Divorce Ground

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Refusal by a mother to give the child, offspring of a mixed marriage of a Jew and a Catholic, a Jewish education is no ground for divorce; insulting remarks made by the wife in reference to the Jewish origin of her husband are deplorable but are likewise no ground for granting the decree. This was the decision of a Vienna court in a suit which attracted wide attention here.

The husband, Otto, complained that he married his wife Paula when they were both atheists. After the marriage his wife returned to the Catholic faith and had their six year old child baptised against her husband’s will. She also repeatedly threw up to him the fact that he was a Jew. The court ruled, however, that on these grounds a divorce could not be granted, as “a Catholic mother is entitled to refuse to grant a Jewish education to Catholic children.”


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