Anyhow, getting to the point. Tonight was the season premiere of 19 Kids and Counting (no we are not in a race or competition with them, fear not) and it looks like it is going to be a season focused on the older kids on their journeys out of the Duggar house - which is awesome because Lee was really getting bored with the past season or so but this is getting interesting.
For those unseasoned with the Duggar policies their kids 'court' aka dating with a purpose (their words not mine) and they do not date. Courting is getting to know the other person within the confines of extremely limited physical contact and chaperoning. And for all intensive purposes sounds excellent. While Lee and I did not 'court' as strictly as the Duggars do, we went into 'dating' with the discernment of marriage as the purpose.
Lee and I discussed the verbiage of 'dating with a purpose' vs 'courting' and he likes courting because it implies getting to know the other person but also their family.
So I know this is lightyears away from actually being something I need to know about BUT…
Do Catholics court? Are there Catholics that use a courtship model for dating?
I have never heard the term used in Catholic circles but I certainly know a handful of Catholic parents who would likely be on board with the idea/model.
Thoughts? Anyone? In this world where cohabitation (and everything else that goes with it) seems like the norm, I don't think it is too early to be formulating ground rules so everyone is on the same page about expectations.
We currently understand future husbands in these terms:
E - Why did you and Papa get married?
Me - Because God wanted us to
E - Why did God want you to?
Me - He showed me Papa was the right man
E - Yeah, when I get bigger He'll show me the right man