PA Madeleine Teahan says more and more Catholics are trying out dating websites. And, what's more, they work In March an advertisement appeared in a German Catholic newspaper that would change the history of the Catholic Church. They soon married and Maria gave birth to three children; Georg, Maria and Joseph. But the modern equivalent — Catholic dating websites — are producing happily-ever-afters for Catholics. In some respects, this makes sense. In our busy single lives, how often do we attend Mass at the same time and same location every week?
How regularly are we free to attend parish events and how often will we meet someone young and single there? I made friends with Clare shortly after her engagement.
Suddenly it became a little awkward. She was striking, exceptionally bright and heavily involved with her university chaplaincy. I was shocked and a little disillusioned that she had resorted to a dating website and had not met a Catholic spouse sooner.
But Clare was at a different point in her life than most of her fellow Catholics at university. She was slightly older, a recent convert to Catholicism and was still considering her vocation. After a period of discernment, Clare returned from a pilgrimage in Rome having realised that her vocation was marriage and motherhood, not religious life.
Two of her close friends had both met their husbands through Catholic Match and encouraged her to follow their example. By meeting on a Catholic site, your relationship is grounded in the faith from the outset and God is at the centre. The website also asks if you have tattoos or piercings.
Some Catholics may be put off at this point. Is it really necessary to include a questionnaire checking if Catholics accept basic Church teaching? But painful as it is, at least such questions sharpen the process of elimination. Thanks to this section, you are less likely to endure a steak dinner while your date insists the Pope is personally responsible for the Aids epidemic in Africa or that she thinks she has a vocation to the Catholic priesthood.
Of course, no tick-box exercise can completely assess romantic compatibility. A lawyer first made contact with Clare and they seemed to get on reasonably well over email. Providentially, Clare soon heard from James, a year-old teacher. He had been using Catholic Match on and off for five years and was about to give up.
James had initially signed up because he was a busy bachelor who worked long hours in the week and often felt too exhausted to socialise at the weekend. For him, Catholic Match was a perfect way of meeting new Catholics.
They agreed they would start with Mass at Westminster Cathedral. But they both spotted each other praying in the Lady Chapel beforehand.
After eight months of courtship they were engaged and then married. Clare gave birth to a baby boy this Christmas. Subscribe at your app store: