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If a Catholic insists on marriage to a non-Catholic, the Church allows it, but wants to protect the soul of the Catholic in the marriage by making sure the non-Catholic understands the moral teaching and obligations of the Catholic party and assure that the Catholic is not in a position hostile to his or her faith.The Catholic Church calls the union of a Catholic to someone who has not been baptized a .
However, express permission of the local bishop is necessary.
The Decapolis is referred to in the New Testament three times: Matt., iv, 25; Mark, v, 20; vii, 31.
Josephus, Ptolemy, Strabo, Pliny, and other ancient geographers and historians make frequent reference to it.
For a mixed-marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic to work well it is important that the couple embraces what is common between their respective faith traditions and “to learn from each other the way in which each lives in fidelity to Christ,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1634).
This can be very difficult and trying, but can be overcome by mutual respect.
Scripture tells us that the unbelieving spouse is made holy through the believing spouse (1 Cor. Sacramentally in marriage the spouses are the conduits of grace to each other and in a mixed-marriage of disparity of cult the Catholic is a conduit of grace to the non-believer.
If this leads to a free conversion of belief by the non-believer then the church rejoices.
To-day the cities of the Decapolis, with the exception of Damascus, are deserted and in ruins.
Yet even in their ruined state they offer a striking contrast to the near-by cities of the Semites.
They enjoyed the right of coinage, preserved their municipal freedom, and were allowed a certain sway over the near-by country.
It was after Pompey's conquest that the league of the Decapolis was formed.
Especially perilous was the plight of these towns in Palestine after the successful rise of the Machabees. C., however, Pompey overran Syria and made it a Roman province.