I made friends with Clare shortly after her engagement. “It’s a Catholic dating website.” Clare was in her early 30s when I met her but looked younger.
Surely she’d had Catholic men queueing up to take her out?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.Madeleine Teahan says more and more Catholics are trying out dating websites.And, what's more, they work In March 1920 an advertisement appeared in a German Catholic newspaper that would change the history of the Catholic Church.
It read: “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 through the Altöttinger Liebfrauen Messenger newspaper that Joseph Ratzinger met Maria Peintner.They soon married and Maria gave birth to three children; Georg, Maria and Joseph.As Valentine’s Day approaches the majority of us may not be inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s father’s business-like approach to romance.But the modern equivalent – Catholic dating websites – are producing happily-ever-afters for Catholics. What are the odds of meeting a devout Catholic at a friend’s birthday drinks in central London?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?