The site also is the only one of these sites that offers content in Spanish as Catolicos
But the smaller sites are growing: Ave Maria has gone from 2,000 to about 5,000 active users since 2000.
“When a couple gets married, they have unlimited choices for their reception, and, as a result, the couple [often] spends more time and money and concern over the party than the wedding Mass or preparing for the rest of their lives through the sacrament of marriage,” he said.
“Is the answer to discourage or ban wedding receptions?
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.
According to David Nevarez of Catholic Singles.com, the site has more than 200,000 active members.
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.
“Simply because a tool can be abused does not mean the tool itself actually promotes a certain kind of behavior.” Instead, the issue relates to a consumeristic culture, Barcaro said.
“We live in an environment where we are bombarded with choices,” Barcaro said.