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Anna Gossman wrote:

Hi, guys —

I had a question:

  • Is it strongly discouraged or even prohibited to date atheists?

Thanks and God bless,

Anna

  { Is it strongly discouraged or even prohibited to date atheists? }

Bob replied:

Anna,

It is not prohibited, but it can be problematic to attach yourself to someone who may not be a good candidate for Marriage. Ideally, you want someone that shares your faith so that raising children in the faith is easier and more consistent. To marry a non-believer in the Church they must consent to raise the children Catholic.

Other issues can also arise along moral lines:

  • birth control
  • euthanasia
  • abortion, etc.

Finally, if you do try it, proceed with caution. Don't ignore fundamental issues that could divide you later on. Likewise, missionary dating can be successful, but often is not. A friend of mine came to faith through dating his wife because she was a devout and righteous woman, but I also know stories of heartbreak.

Put God first and He will help you to discern the best course for your life.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

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