Catholic dating views

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 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage has made strengthening Catholic marriages a top priority.My own Diocese of Phoenix and other dioceses around the country are revisiting their marriage requirements, lengthening preparation periods and examining couples closely, looking for trouble spots in their relationships and families of origin—indications that they may not be ready for the vocation of marriage just yet.Recently an article I posted about Catholic men and dating went a little viral.

Many parishes offer post-divorce workshops designed for the first months after a divorce. The Church—the institution as well as the individuals—needs to minister to the millions of divorced Catholics by both changing ingrained attitudes and reaching out in love.A man who takes a risk on a woman in a gentlemanly fashion is admirable and courageous, even if we seem a bit awkward as we decline.But trying to save face communicates that you can't take ownership of your own situation and that you value your own ego over the well-being of our hearts.They're mostly common sense but there can often be a deficiency of common sense when the opposite sex is concerned.Here are 4 common Catholic dating problems, with advice on how to navigate them: (1) The Problem: Catholic circles are small This has many positive aspects, but also lends to a common problem: if you ask a bunch of girls out, you'll end up dating girls who are close friends or roommates and...can get awkward. The Solution: Do ask girls you are interested in out, but don't go so far as to be a serial dater.