This makes it really difficult for us because we both do not like or feel comfortable in the other's church.
But we alternate between churches, and we've agreed to raise our children in both (I have a 3 year old daughter now who we take to both services, and it works out fine). and I realized he not only wants us to, but we are REQUIRED to attend 6 months of pre-martial Catholic counseling.
In fact, I would say it has been something of a perennial question. Well, more often than not, it is asked by female Catholics who have become frustrated with the lack of initiative on the part of the Catholic men when it comes to asking out Catholic women.
As a result of this, when a Catholic girl receives a date invitation from someone outside of her faith community, it is not so quickly dismissed and is instead worth some serious consideration.
However, I’ll bet that if the Catholic and non-Catholic are in anyway serious about their respective identities, they would rapidly admit my point, especially as children come along. by the way, what an odd notion that is – “non-denominational Christian”! If the non-denominational Christian has received valid baptism, then, in order to marry a Catholic, the couple will need to participate in marriage preparation at the Catholic party’s parish.
We ARE Christians in the fullest sense of the word. Before that takes place, the Catholic party will need to promise to retain his or her Catholic Faith and to do all in his or her power to ensure that that Catholic Faith is handed on to the children of the union. 803 of the Eastern Code, among other canons) requires that Catholics marry baptized persons.
For instance, if you hate noisy worship, find succour in liturgy and ritual, and see prayer as a strictly private practice, then you may struggle to find a meeting point with someone who expects to pray out loud together every day, go to praise-a-thons and lead a homegroup.
‘Denomination sometimes means a lot, and sometimes doesn’t,’ one Facebook follower told me.
It has been quite some time since I wrote my series on Catholic dating.He’s lovely and very Godly, but his church is so different from mine, it’s like another religion!I’m wondering if it can ever really work between us.’ I once made a throwaway comment in one of my Christian Connection blogs about people missing out on love because of differences as ‘trifling’ as denomination.The fact that it was also an extremely cathartic writing experience was just an added bonus!😉 During the intervening three years since writing that series, my own love life has been, to put it mildly, anything but dull.