Joseph Reyes is using his Catholicism to drive a wedge between his daughter and his wife, and he needs to stop.
Joseph Reyes, the father embroiled in a divorce and custody case that has turned in to a religious battle, will not be allowed to take his daughter to Catholic Mass on Easter Sunday, a Cook County judge ruled today.
In denying Reyes’ request during the close of divorce proceedings, Judge Renee Goldfarb was merely upholding a temporary restraining order that says the father can’t expose his 3-year-old daughter to any other religion than the Jewish faith.
At issue is a disputed agreement that the one-time couple would raise the girl in the Jewish faith.
But after Joseph Reyes’ had the child baptized in the Catholic church last November — and emailed photos of the event to the girl’s mother, Rebecca Reyes — the case has mushroomed in to a battle over religion. And it’s grabbed national headlines.
There is a time and a place for everything, perhaps, but there is never an appropriate time or the place to use religion to destroy a child.