Catholic church teaching on dating
We seem to live in throwaway culture, as Pope Francis has had.If it doesn’t work (even without applying much effort) we “throw it away,” we move on. It’s very tough these days for the youth to stay focused on things that matter, when they are forced to deal constantly with so much coming at them that is diametrically opposed to their Christian values yet totally acceptable to our society. We know that the church isn't the most popular source for relationship advice among young adults today.But the church does have a lot to say about the matter—and believe it or not, it's not all about sin.You can leave a comment below or e-mail us a reflection for a guest blog post. Do they grasp the definition of a commitment for life?The world’s values can become the norm rather than the exception.Many happily married folks I know have remarked that they would not want to trade places with young adults and set foot into the dating scene again, especially today.
The following articles deal with the messy reality of love, sex, dating, and marriage. Sex, lies, and hook-up culture Don't believe all your friends tell you about sleeping around. Take advantage of what the church offers engaged couples, even if your path to the altar doesn't follow the ideal. You might want to listen to the church's time-tested teachings. Check out our marriage section for more articles on maintaining a happy, loving relationship.There's something for everybody here, whether you are... College kids tell Donna Freitas that they don't actually like hook-up culture. Heather Grennan Gary reports on what young couples make of marriage-for better or worse. They have helped some couples survive the rough patches. FORUM: As Catholics, we know that there’s a lot more to love than romance. With so many mixed messages in our culture that speak to the contrary, how many young adults understand that dating should be for the purpose of finding a spouse?We might wonder if anyone does today, for that matter.
5 questions with Donna Freitas For parents: Intimate conversations: How to talk to your kids about sex ... Shattering the myth of the soul mate Christine Whelan suggests a better way to go about finding a future spouse: stop looking. A Betrothal proposal The church says "stop it," but two family ministry researchers wonder whether a long-lost tradition could bring cohabitating Catholics and the church back together. How do you show your love for those around you—family, friends, foes, or strangers?
Don't wait for marriage Start searching for your spouse early, advises John Van Epp, but many readers have their own dating advice in this Sounding Board survey. Christina Capecchi reports on how the Internet is changing the way we find love. Tell us about your plans for Valentine’s Day, describe what love means to you as a Catholic, or simply share your favorite quote about love.