Second, you don't have to marry someone just because you had coffee with him once and dinner with him twice.
If you discover halfway through the coffee that he absolutely detests Catholicism, insist on paying your half of the bill and smile when you say good-bye. You do not have to date people who hate what and whom you love.
That’s because the answer is not that clear and will vary from couple to couple.
Many successful and very holy mixed marriages exist thanks to the generosity of Holy Mother Church.
But what if someone you’re interested in is a recent, or soon-to-be Catholic convert?
Too often when our feelings get involved we are willing to compromise on things that shouldn’t be compromised. There are some wonderful men and women out there who have been divorced, some multiple times, who you may want to marry, but unless their marriage has been granted nullity by the Church, you can’t marry them and have it recognized as legitimate.
Therefore, again, ask these questions before things go too far. Many states already prohibit intermarriage between close relatives, but in the case of first cousins you would need a dispensation from the Church to marry that person, as it is strongly discouraged. The process of having the Catholic Church examine whether your previous marriage(s) was/were valid isn’t difficult at all, but what you want to make sure is that your person of interest is willing to go through the process to possibly have their previous marriage(s) annulled.
For the average practicing Catholic, dating can be really fun.
After all, you’re young, ready to discern marriage, and maybe even ready to start a family of your own.