Dating and mating in the secular world
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 .Using Online Tools Properly Catholic Match discourages members from having a shopping mentality.“We remind our members that this is Catholic Match, not Netflix, and newest members are not like newest releases.Today, the most often-cited meeting place for singles (21%) is online, according to a survey published in last year.In terms of Catholic sites, Catholic Match says it has served almost 1 million people since its founding in 1999.Unlike the movies, which are designed to provide two hours of entertainment, meeting the right guy or girl is a completely different type of search,” Barcaro said.
When questioned, he admitted to “basically playing the odds by sending out messages to 75 or more women at a time,” she said.
The site has a free “Guide to Online Dating,” and it has launched the Catholic Match Institute for Dating and Marriage to combat declining marriage rates among Catholics.
“The decline in Catholics getting married in the Church is undeniable, but it seems a stretch to blame online dating,” Barcaro said.
“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.
Ave Maria Singles and Catholic Match connect people with shared values and beliefs, their founders say.