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.
He attributes the decline to fewer people valuing marriage.
Control and Commitment Problems Even Catholics who intend marriage may delay it, Buono said.
“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?
“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.
Advantages and Disadvantages Such sites pair people who would otherwise not meet due to distance or other circumstances, said Catholic Match CEO Brian Barcaro.
One match involved a man stationed on a submarine and a nurse on a nearly all-female staff in a neonatal unit.
“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.
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.