Failure to do so would mean a very hard life with a non Catholic or Protestant spouse, struggling to bring any children up in the Faith.
I know because I did precisely that except that, my wife was a church going Anglican, and we went our separate ways on a Sunday morning. For two years.
Before the Almighty imbued her with His gift of belief.
Today, young Catholics (the orthodox ones) face a double hurdle.
First, endeavouring to ensure that the chosen one is Catholic.
Second, endeavouring to ensure that the love of your life is a traditional Catholic.
Because, for those who do not appreciate this fact, a good Protestant is, in my view, far preferable to a
With orthodox unattached Catholics being as rare as a Latin Mass in the Archdiocese of Westminster, young Catholics need every possible support to help them proceed to the matrimonial state these days.
In the US there is an online dating agency (why not?) that has just posted 100 Totally Awesome Blogs by Catholic Priests, doubtless in a move to focus attention on their operation http://www.catholicdatingsites.net/ - and good for them.
My only issue is that I have the innate English sense of wishing to underwhelm hence, my concern at the use of the word 'Awesome'.
That should be reserved to describe earthquakes or tsunamis much as the word 'devastating' should only be used to describe a bereavement.
However, as 'Awesome' is now firmly lodged in the American vocabulary, we shall let that one lie, especially as they still use so many words that were in common day usage in Stratford-Upon-Avon when Shakespeare trod the bards.
So, please view their top "100 of Really quite good Blogs by Catholic Priests"