Catholic dating an Orthodox?
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The prudent thing would be to act with his reason and not with his feelings.  If he's concerned about dating her, then he shouldn't date her- simple as that.  Feelings mean nothing in this, as they should be subjected to reason as to whether they are prudent to act upon.  It sounds like in this case they are not, and that he recognises this as well.

I would encourage him to be open to authentic friendship with her, but to dismiss from his mind the notion of discerning the vocation of marriage with her.  I would not even encourage him to 'leave the door open for her' as it were, as that only serves to hang his feelings up on an unfounded hope, and to impede his vocational discernment elsewhere.

Friendship is a perfectly good, wholesome, and rewarding relationship in itself.
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