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In contrast to secular sites like OKCupid.com, which offers quizzes on sexual habits and histories, Catholic sites have questionnaires on user’s beliefs about contraception, confession, the Eucharist and papal infallibility.
Users are encouraged to elaborate about faith: On Catholic Match, they can list favorite saints and specify liturgical preferences.
After 15 years in business, it has 3,000 marriages under its belt.
“It’s unrealistic for a single Catholic to assume they can meet their future spouse within their local faith community,” said Ave Maria founder Anthony Buono.
If we’re only in love with a list of qualities, well, then our love will drift to anyone who has those qualities.
We haven’t yet reached the dignity of the person.” Online personal ads “commoditize” people, violating Pope John Paul II’s personalistic norm “that a human being may never be used as a means to an end,” said Dawn Eden, author of .
“The other reality is that most Catholics in America do not believe 100% of the teachings of the Catholic Church.” Devout singles, he said, are in the minority in their community on issues like contraception, and thus they need a good way to find other like-minded faithful.
Over roughly the last decade, online dating has gone from stigma to social norm.
“I think one of the biggest problems or dangers is that of treating another human being as something you can ‘shop for’ based on a list of traits and qualities,” West said.
“The great dignity of being human is that every human person is incomparable, totally unique and unrepeatable.
Three other Catholic sites — Ave Maria Singles.com, Catholic and Catholic (Catholic Mingle is part of the Christian Mingle conglomerate (aka Spark Network) that operates other sites for Jewish and Mormon singles) — all have had under 500,000 visitors, according to data.
According to David Nevarez of Catholic Singles.com, the site has more than 200,000 active members.