My girlfriend and I are considering marriage and have reached a dilemma, as I am sure have been encountered numerous times before. I am Coptic orthodox and she is Catholic. I am trying to help her understand why it is important to me, for her to convert. Her concerns are valid and something I am trying to help her understand without it getting to a bad state. Most of her concerns are due to the views we have of our women (which is not something I agree with) She is also concerned with how fanatical our religion may seem, when in fact I am trying to tell her it isn’t the religion, but just the way some people are in our church, which may have given her a bad taste in her mouth. I also am looking for answers as to how similar or different we are from each other.
She feels that if she converts to our religion, she will be denouncing her God and I am not sure if that is correct, since we believe in the same God. I agree that she will be leaving her religion, but not her God, since we both believe in the same. I am searching for an understanding on how different and how similar our religions are, as well as why she should not worry about the way the church is b/c of a few people.
Also, why is it that if I marry her, without her converting, do I become banned from taking communion ever again in my church?
I will have more questions of course, but I just want to take this one step at a time.