Dating a catholic
Pennacchia was raised Catholic, but she’s not limiting her dating prospects to people within the Catholic faith. “It has shaped how I relate to people and what I want out of relationships, but I’m thinking less about ‘Oh, you’re not Catholic,’ than ‘Oh, you don’t agree with economic justice.’ ” For Pennacchia, finding a partner is not a priority or even a certainty.
“People talk [about love and marriage] in a way that assumes your life will turn out in a certain way,” she says.
And Catholics who consider themselves loosely affiliated with the church are more open to dating outside the faith than young adults were 30 years ago.
Yet young people of all stripes express frustration with the uncertainty of today’s dating culture.
“I think what’s missing for young adults is the comfort of knowing what comes next,” Cronin says.
The man who would be my date for the evening was already two drinks in, and he greeted me with an awkward hug. This particular gentleman didn’t turn out to be my soul mate.
“Catholic events are not necessarily the best place to find potential Catholic dating partners,” says Christopher Jolly Hale, 25.
“In fact, it can be a downright awkward experience.
In 2013 Kania traveled to the National Catholic Singles Conference in Philadelphia.
She went for the speakers, the fellowship, and the info on theology of the body, but not necessarily to meet someone, she says. No matter what, she says, “I pray for myself and for my future spouse as we both are on our path to grow closer to the Lord, and if it is God’s will, we will meet when we are both ready.” Yet for other young adults, dating events geared specifically toward Catholics—or even general Catholic events—are less-than-ideal places to find a mate.
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