Popcak recommends that parents ask themselves certain questions when deciding whether and when to allow their children to date, including: Does my child know how to be friends with the opposite sex?
Do I know my child to be a moral and spiritual leader among his/her peers?
He is not to grant it unless the following conditions have been fulfilled: 1) the Catholic party is to declare that he or she is prepared to remove dangers of defecting from the faith and is to make a sincere promise to do all in his or her power so that all offspring are baptized and brought up in the Catholic Church; 2) the other party is to be informed at an appropriate time about the promises which the Catholic party is to make, in such a way that it is certain that he or she is truly aware of the promise and obligation of the Catholic party; 3) both parties are to be instructed about the purposes and essential properties of marriage which neither of the contracting parties is to exclude.
The obligation to raise the children Catholic thus falls upon the Catholic party.
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Dating and discernment are important and require the right intentions and approaches, based on individual personalities and holy purpose.
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