But as there are not many places to meet good Catholics who are single, the Internet has become a primary place to meet people.
Our service differs from a typical dating service because we bring up a lot of core issues that are important in building good, strong, healthy families.
It's not just about the personal needs of one person who seeks another. And our service is only interested in getting a person married, not just being single and finding other singles.
He explained to ZENIT why so many faithful Catholic singles are having a hard time finding a match and how they discover hope in meeting a spouse through his Web site. I found that they all had the same common complaint: They found it very hard to meet someone as serious about practicing their Catholic faith as they were, in particular when it came to the issue of the Church's teachings on the use of contraception.
The single Catholics I met were fed up with meeting so-called Catholics who really did not practice their faith 100%.
It seemed that all they needed was a place to come into contact with each other.
Q: Why would Catholics opt for a high-tech dating method? Buono: In "traditional dating," you meet someone in person and spend time together, which is essential in knowing if they are the right person.
And we work hard to make sure certain persons do not join; namely, those who are not eligible for sacramental marriage, who have a contraceptive mentality, or who are not serious about marriage.
Q: How do you attempt to maintain the personalistic aspect of relationships?Buono: We ask members to write a lot about themselves and we encourage letter writing, not just chitchatting.Anthony Buono, president of Ave Maria Singles, explains why his website is a better option for serious Catholics than many other dating sites.He discusses the advantages and disadvantages involved with online courtships.ZENIT, May 3, 2004 Many Catholic singles would turn to Internet dating as a last resort. The Catholic online singles service should be their first stop to find a spouse, insists the group's president, Anthony Buono.The service, he says, caters to orthodox, single Catholics who want to meet their best friend, court, marry and live according to the teachings of the Church. Buono: I got to travel quite a bit while working for a Catholic book publishing company, and on my trips I would meet many single Catholics.