The Catholic Church’s response has been to get proactive about better preparing engaged couples before they marry.The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage has made strengthening Catholic marriages a top priority. And many people start off as friends and then do date and maybe take it further, and that is ok for single people who are not sacramentally married to another, but we are not technically free. I've spent time with male friends having lunches, meeting for coffee, spending time chatting, but the issue is at some periods, I would be tempted to actually date them.And while it can likely feel faceless and impersonal at times, I’m reminded of this 1920 ad in a newspaper called the “Middle ranking civil servant, single, Catholic, 43-years-old, immaculate past, from the countryside, is seeking a good Catholic pure girl, who can cook well, and who can do all housework, who is also capable of sewing and a good homemaker in order to marry at the soonest opportunity.” It was in responding to that ad that Maria Peintner met a police officer named Joseph.They married and had three kids, including two sons, who each became priests.It’s also worth noting that this trend towards commodification is something that non-Catholics have been worried about: that electronic media generally, and online dating specifically, are just not providing the depth of human interaction that we need, and that each other deserve.
There are two factors cited in blaming this on it being online: So I’m curious about your take: what are the pros and cons of online dating, generally? What are some of the ways that things need to change? Love it or hate it, those discerning a call to marry are going to have to reckon with online dating.
We’ve been close friends for years, but I’m Baptist and he’s Catholic.
We both have pretty much the same beliefs in God and Jesus, and both strive to follow Christ, but my parents tell me that there’s such a big difference between the Baptist and Catholic religions that it wouldn’t be right for us to get together. Because I’m kind of starting to think he likes me back, and I don’t know what to do or if it would be wrong.
One of the side projects that I work on is a bi-weekly “talk show” on You Tube called The Catholic Five, so named because there are four other people involved: David L.
Gray (of David LGray.info), Katrina Fernandez (The Crescat at Patheos), Brantly Callaway Millegan (Founder and Editor of Church POP), and Kevin M. Last Saturday, there was an interesting discussion on Catholic online dating – and online dating more broadly – that I wanted to revisit: As you can see from the clip, we’re coming from three different perspectives: Katrina and David have had negative experiences with online dating; Kevin met his wife online; and Brantly and I are outsiders, having never experienced it up close.