Catholic dating web sites
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.
After 10 months of in-person dating, they married in 2005.
Over roughly the last decade, online dating has gone from stigma to social norm.
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.
Today, the most often-cited meeting place for singles (21%) is online, according to a survey published in last year.
“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.“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.“Online dating offered them access and advantages that were unavailable through conventional dating,” Barcaro said. In a new book, critic has linked online dating to the “end of courtship” and the sexually casual hook-up culture of the millennial generation.