Basically, there’s no going steady in the Thomas family before you’re a legal adult.Oh, and if you want to ask one of her daughters to a dance or prom, you ask her father for permission first.Instead of giving me confidence and fruitful life experience, the teenage dating culture tore me down, stunted my understanding of real commitment and love, and trapped me in a pattern of superficial people pleasing.When I began dating my husband, I was still influenced by those unhealthy patterns and needed time to heal.And I’m okay with that, because I LOVE our jello-for-dinner and Spongebob-laden family culture.
Associate professor and chairman of the theology department at St.In an email exchange with Fathers for Good, King discussed several aspects of dating. Why is there no explicit mention of dating in the Catholic tradition?Fathers for Good: Is there a Catholic understanding of dating? The Church as the whole body of believers, spanning both the globe and human history, tends to think about those issues that have touched on humanity for much of history and across most of the globe.Being thus unencumbered by the actual reality of being a parent to a teenage daughter, I am compelled to express my views on the subject with absolute certainty.And my dating rules for the lovely creatures once they do arrive are quite simple: No.Jason King: What does the Catholic tradition say about dating? “The Church thinks in centuries,” so the saying goes.