I have been dating a very beautiful and lovely girl who happens to be Hindu. I am a devout Catholic and have been studying my faith for several years now and feel I am well versed in it. I accept all the teachings of the Church. I am wondering about my relationship with this girl, which has been going on for over 2.5 years. We are in love and see each other nearly every day, and talk on the phone for many hours.
She is a great person and she loves many things about me, including my religiousness and spirituality. She is also a spiritual person, however, she is Hindu, and practices Hindu spirituality. She enjoys discussions about religion, and has a great deal of respect for Jesus, and my beliefs. She knows a lot of the Bible, and attended Catholic school. I would say she knows more about Catholicism than a lot of Catholics.
I know that I am allowed to marry a Hindu, in fact, religion is ultimately not a factor when marrying in a Catholic Church, as long as certain issues are addressed. My question is whether I should pursue this relationship, as a strict Catholic. Although I haven’t done much towards this, I would like for her to convert so that things would be easier. This is difficult, for several reasons. One reason is that her family is from India and are serious Hindus and she does not want to go against them by converting (her mother does not want her to). Also, as a Hindu, she is more difficult to dialog with than another Christian or monotheist. Hindus, as Peter Kreeft has stated, do not necessarily accept the law of non-contradiction, meaning they do not see things in a black-and-white way, the way Christians do. They see any life as a pathway, no matter how much evil a person is committing, that person is simply on their own path. Also, to her she emphasizes the similarities of religions, rather than the differences, and therefore does not really see the need to convert.
Anyway, I know I have gone on a long time, but basically, my question is what you think of this relationship. Should I continue it, knowing that I love her a lot and we are very good together? Also, with the seemingly low chance of her converting. Thanks everyone for your help.