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The Church's Teaching on Courtship & Company-Keeping

 

High-school teenagers, modestly attired, socializing at a malt shop in 1947

 

"Courtship and company-keeping can not be condemned at random; young people must have an opportunity to become acquainted before they become linked together for life.


Courtship and company-keeping is, however, permissible only where there is the intention and the possibility of ultimate marriage. Where one or both of these is lacking, such relation must not be tolerated. In other words the one starting or indulging in a courtship must have the will and the ability to marry the courted person.

The so-called company-keeping... between persons of opposite sex is in itself not immoral, provided that there exists between [them] a proper and sincere intention, and a not too remote prospect of marrying, and provided further the relation... appears to be free of impropriety....

In fact, in case of contemplated marriage, a previous consociation is judicious, and even necessary, because the young people should get knowledge of each other so as to convince themselves that they can respect and love each other."

 

Source: "The Casuist: A Collection Of Cases In Moral And Pastoral Theology", Vol. 1, Imprimatur 1906

 

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