Knowing the right etiquette for courting within the Catholic faith can make the difference between a date that is a dud and one that leads to many more. It's essential to openly communicate with your date while displaying the correct Catholic code of conduct to make a good impression. While you lean on the teachings of the Church for guidance, keep honesty and genuine concern for your date as a priority. As 1 Corinthians states, bad company can ruin good morals. Catholics need to be mindful who they ask out, so it's best to get to know each other a fair bit before that first date.
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Anthony Buono is the founder of Avemariasingles. Visit his blog at 6stonejars. Many single Catholics who have never been married have no interest in considering someone who has been married before as a future spouse. Not even those eligible for sacramental marriage who have a decree of nullity. And why is this?
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Recently an article I posted about Catholic men and dating went a little viral. This week a Catholic gal who wished to remain anonymous responds with some suggestions for avoiding common Catholic dating faux pas. In my circles, the topic of Catholic dating comes up regularly or, more specifically, the topic of why there is often a lack of dating among young Catholics. Everyone's an expert on where the blame should be placed: the hook-up culture, the hang-out culture, the so-called 'friend-zone', feminism, men being wimps, women taking the initiative instead, discernment dragging on, and the list continues. The recent post, "Catholic Men Should Be the Best Daters" , refreshingly did not attempt to psychoanalyze our stilted romantic lives, but presented a simple and practical message: guys, just ask girls out.