I have a question regarding the training of Catholic Deacons and the requirements associated with the calling.
I know of a deacon who was widowed approximately 3 years ago and is currently in his second year of education to become a deacon for the church. A family member of mine who has been widowed for almost three years has recently started dating this person rather seriously. My knowledge of the Catholic faith was that widowed deacons made vows of celibacy. Does this include abstinence of dating or from other serious relationships?
I’m rather worried, both for the deacon in training that he may be making a very serious mistake that could disrupt his calling to the church, and also my family member who may not be aware of the rules/regulations of the faith.
Any answers or links to references would be greatly appreciated.