Dating a non catholic
I’ve seen this question come up in the Catholic Match forums and many people, speaking from past experiences, agree that they would not do it.But what if someone you’re interested in is a recent, or soon-to-be Catholic convert?
This meetingincluded members who understood little to nothing of the other languages spoken. Known for his skill in such tasks, he became widely recognized as an effective interpreter; both of different languages, and also of different beliefs within the different sects of Christianity.Having said that, when discussing this subject with friends, I find it helpful to ask questions about three areas of potential conflict: 1. Will it be a Catholic priest or will it be another kind of minister? Or, will you fulfill your obligation by going to the Saturday Vigil Mass alone? Is the subject of religion taboo with your potential spouse? Are you supportive of one another’s religious practices? When spiritual issues arise, to whom will you turn as a couple? Children and family life Will your potential spouse be open to life, or will he want to contracept?Will you get married in a Catholic Church or will you seek dispensation to marry in some other denomination’s building? If it is suspected that your unborn child has Down Syndrome, for example, will he urge you to abort the child?We read that the Catholic Church does allow marriages to non-Catholics, but cautions Her children not to underestimate the difficulties involved in this kind of union.In today’s concluding post, I would like to discuss in more detail the potential areas of difficulty alluded to by the Catechism and then offer some concluding thoughts. Religious Practice Where, as a couple, will you go to church? In an effort to accommodate this, will you go to a Catholic parish together?When seeking permission to marry a non-Catholic, you and your fiancé will be told that you are required by the Church to make sure that any offspring from the marriage are to be baptized and brought up in the Catholic Church. Or will your children be dedicated, rather than baptized?
Will you teach them the Catholic Faith in its fullness, or will they be taught the lowest common denominator between your respective faiths?
The subject matter of those posts generated considerable discussion in my local Catholic community of San Diego, which pleased me no end since this was my main goal in writing them in the first place.
The fact that it was also an extremely cathartic writing experience was just an added bonus!
What if a recent convert has a family that is opposed to the Catholic faith? He presents us with a framework for dealing with such issues, as his life gives us a model for handling these types of situations.
It is believed that Cedd was born into an Anglican family, and as the presumed oldest of four, took on a leadership role early on with his siblings.
It has been quite some time since I wrote my series on Catholic dating.