Can you marry without dating

QUESTION: After my share of bad relationships, I re-dedicated my life to the Lord and I am dating, essentially, the "perfect man." He wants to marry me, he is a believer, and he fits every quality I want in a husband. He is not physically my type, he looks and dresses in the opposite way from what I find attractive, I don't find him handsome, and can't feel attraction for him the way I have felt in previous relationships.

My friends say I'm crazy for doubting our relationship.

In the above example the two people are baptized Christians of different confessions (or denominations), but a non-baptized person is not a part of the Christian family.

When it involves someone who has not been baptized then the marriage requires an express dispensation from the bishop in order for the union to be considered valid.

Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.

The Catholic Church calls the union of a Catholic to someone who has not been baptized a .

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