No, I Don't Want to Take the Kids To See the Pope

I’m an occasionally observant, mostly cultural but still very proud Jew married to a culturally Catholic — I swear, it’s a thing — Colombian woman. We had our second child last year and for that and other reasons her parents decided to come and retire in Miami where we live.

They are much more religious than she is, and keep encouraging her to Catholicize her life in these tiny little ways like buying us pretty little folksy crosses — one of which now hangs in our bathroom — and taking our daughters to mass. (Admittedly, they do love the post-church potlucks). They’re even traveling up to D.C. to see the Pope and wanted to make a family trip of it.

My wife tells me not to worry, that they are just excited, don’t mean any harm and things will settle down. But I feel like this is a slippery slope and at some point I have to call foul. Seesaw, do I bite my tongue and just focus on balancing this with some Jewish stuff? Or should I tell them that I’ve had enough — which I have had?

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