In this latter section the handbook drew upon the written policies of a few dioceses to present a range of possible options for working with cohabiting couples who come seeking marriage in the Church.Now, nearly twelve years after the original work of , the cumulative pastoral experience of ministering to cohabiting couples has broadened and deepened.But, as that highly educated cohort ages, they care less about how much schooling a potential mate obtained.Less educated daters show the opposite trend: they tend to care more about connecting with those of the same education level as they get older.
They asked each couple how long they’d known each other before they started dating, and they recruited people to watch videotapes of the couples and rate each individual’s physical attractiveness.
In 1988 the NCCB Committee on Pastoral Practices published discussed (pp.
71-77) the question of cohabitation under two headings: (a) input on cohabitation from personal experiences and the behavioral sciences and (b) pastoral approaches to cohabiting couples.
Much empirical evidence shows that female and male partners look alike along a variety of attributes.
It is, however, unclear how this positive sorting comes about because marriage is an equilibrium outcome arising from a process that entails searching, meeting, and choosing one another.