“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.Ann Clegg recalled one man who sent her four to five messages each day with riddles and puzzles.When questioned, he admitted to “basically playing the odds by sending out messages to 75 or more women at a time,” she said.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.
In terms of Catholic sites, Catholic Match says it has served almost 1 million people since its founding in 1999.
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.
Of course not; it is about establishing and restoring balance.” With dating sites, the answer is not to “reject the tool,” but to educate people in how to properly use it, Barcaro said.
Catholic Match does just that, with a blog that features dating Q and As, meditations on faith and love, summaries of Church teachings and inspirational stories of Catholic couples.