Catholic courtship vs dating
The term courtship may sound as old-fashioned as bustles and buggy-driving.
It may call to mind a famous song about a certain Froggy and what he went a-doin’.
On the contrary, the courtship was successful, because God gave the direction that was sought through it.
Dating tries to answer the question, In a dating relationship, there is little if any accountability for the couple and little or no interaction with family members.
The dating couple is merely attracted to one another in some way and often pursues an exclusive relationship that is independent of others’ influence or counsel.
Although the termination of a courtship most likely will be painful, damage and hurt—which can lead to bitterness—can be avoided.
Both parties, as well as their families and all the people who love them, should continue to trust in the Lord and accept the grace He gives to deal with any disappointment or unfulfilled hopes. The main difference between dating and courtship involves the goals to be reached by spending time with a potential marriage partner.