I saw one of your Road to Cana segments that talks about romance, friendship, and intimacy as part of dating. Can you expand on what is appropriate in a dating relationship for encouraging romance, affection, and intimacy in a chaste and holy manner, especially for those in their 40s? I haven't been able to find any literature on this subject. The same rules pretty much apply to older singles that apply to younger ones.
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Dear Grace, I am in a relationship with a man, but do not know or understand what should be the exact limits in terms of sexual intimacy. For example, do we commit a sin if we indulge in heavy petting? How good it would be if more men and women asked these questions. I commend you for asking them, for it shows that you are sincerely trying to form and follow a true and correct conscience. This is extremely important if we are to live a good and upright moral life and attain our eternal salvation. Let me say at the onset that to engage in heavy petting in dating is not upright moral behavior.
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Sex and gender roles in the Roman Catholic Church have been the subject of both intrigue and controversy throughout the Church's history. The cultural influence of the Catholic Church has been vast, particularly upon Western society. Human sacrifice, slavery, infanticide and polygamy practiced by cultures such as those of the Roman Empire, Europe, Latin America and parts of Africa      came to an end through Church evangelization efforts. Historians note that Catholic missionaries, popes and religious were among the leaders in campaigns against slavery, an institution that has existed in almost every culture    and often included sexual slavery of women. Christianity affected the status of women in evangelized cultures like the Roman Empire by condemning infanticide female infanticide was more common , divorce , incest , polygamy and marital infidelity of both men and women.
Have you lost your mind? How in the world did you fall for a religion like that? Then the arguments begin, the hostilities and the senses of betrayal and loss arise. It goes from bad to worse, and the lines of communication and trust collapse.