Are you not sure what you’re looking for while perusing this Catholic Match Review? Is it marriage, dating, friendships or a hookup? Your dating choice is your business, but don’t feel bad if you’re looking for something not as serious as others.
According to Pew Research, 62 percent of Catholics say casual sex (between consenting adults who are not in a committed romantic relationship) is sometimes or always acceptable. That doesn’t mean everyone is hooking up though.
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 53.9 percent of adult Catholics are currently married with an average of 24 for a first marriage.
That leaves 27.7 percent who have never been married, 3.3 percent who are separated and 6.4 percent who are widowed. Do you fit any of these non-married categories? Then you’re in the right place. Check out what Catholic Match has to offer.
This faith-focused dating site advertises itself with the most Catholic members. The site is also endorsed by numerous (unnamed) Catholic leaders. Read their Catholic online dating success stories to find out what made them join the site and how they made it work.
In 1999, co-founders Jason LaFosse and Brian Barcaro wanted to create a community environment where Catholic men and women could come together to find their future spouse.
Depending on how much testing you’ve done of other sites, this one may be all you need if you’re looking solely within the Catholic community for love. Not only will you find Catholic-focused questions, but this also will help you with conversation starters.
Questions on the site inquire about whether you plan to pursue priesthood. While you may have thought you were just signing up for a regular old site, this one gives you time to think about your own Catholicism and may be great for icebreaker questions, too.
Be prepared for plenty of humor. From a casual browse, one of the first images that came up was a dog with an “Irish” hat on his head. Is that helpful to your dating life? No. Is it fun to look at while perusing the site? If you’re a dog lover, it certainly is (but probably not).
After you sign up, you may notice this message at the top, “The Match survey is intended to capture self interests and attributes important to a relationship and compare those to other members.”
So what is this Match all about? It is quite possibly one of the most useful parts of the site and should be included on other social media sites. It helps users narrow down whether they would mesh with potential daters with more specific dating questions like what your specific social setting should be (i.e. small groups, solitary, large groups) or your views on technology.
Pay very special attention to people who say they’re “old school” versus those who are tech enthusiasts to know who you’re dealing with when it comes to risks of “Catfish.”
Where Are the Majority of Members Based?
In 2013, CatholicMatch received its one millionth account.
While there are many sites that claim they cater to a particular niche, Catholic Match is not one of them. Eye color, hair color and smoking habits are not the plain and common questions you see when you initially sign up for this site.
Within the first minute, you’re asked questions like “What diocese are you in?” and “Are you free to marry in the Catholic Church?” and “How often do you attend Mass?” Of course those other questions do come in, along with height and weight.
Then the site moves into more questions you don’t always see upon initial sign-up like whether you’re an early bird or night owl, or what adults were responsible for you while growing up.
If you want to make your communication preferences stand out, start with “What are your favorite saints, prayers and devotions?”
Pricing & Membership Options
For 12 months, pay $9.99 per month. For six months, pay $14.99 per month. For one month, it’s $29.99. With that, you can share your opinions in community forums, send unlimited messages and likes, get a message read indicator (for six or yearlong memberships), use Emotigrams and/or get priority support.
Safety & Security
If you want to know what your options are before signing up, this site will be great for you. You can peruse all kinds of fun headshots, pet pics and even humorous pics of users with their kids.
While certain sites would frown on this sort of thing, primarily to protect the child and other people in group photos, this site seems to be considered a safe space to moderators.
Some users will be totally comfortable with that. (Other social media sites certainly don’t hold back on letting users post their friends and family.) For users who do find this problematic, make sure to crop your photos or blur out other users beforehand because the moderators will not make you do so.
Pros & Cons
If you don’t want kids, then there is one question at the sign-up stage that may rub you wrong. The question is “What would your ideal number of kids be?” Answers to choose from include one to more than five, or “Don’t have an ideal.”
The latter implies you still want kids but aren’t stuck on numbers. If not being a parent is a pretty big deal to you, you should definitely mention that on your profile to avoid an awkward in-person conversation later with your online love.
You may be removed from potential matches though should you do this or choose “no” to the question, “Do you accept Church teaching on contraception?” (Going back to the Pew Research study, if you do not believe “contraception is inherently wrong” or that you should be “open to the transmission of life,” be careful with who you choose. You want to make sure you and your potential partner are in alignment spiritually, morally and have similar future goals.)
On a less serious note, there are some peculiar questions regarding favorite movies, TV shows and actors. It goes from Mel Gibson to “The Wire” and “Better Call Saul” to “Agatha Christie’s Poirot.” If you have eclectic tastes, this flood of choices may be fun to choose from. The same can be said for music and favorite books. Depending on how you look at it, the site asking you to choose from their options as opposed to writing on your own may be too rigid.
Or, it may be an idea starter to help you remember shows, movies and books you’d long forgotten about. And if you get to the point of a Catholic Match and get tired of answering more questions, you can always close it out and continue to answer more questions at your leisure.
One of the questions in the Catholic Match is whether you believe the glass is always half-full, usually half-full, equally full and empty, often half-empty and/or usually half-empty. Your view on this will probably lead you in how you behave on this site? Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to at least have an equally full and empty glass (or higher). Why? Because if you do this, then you’ll be more adventurous and open with pursuing a match on the site.
If you join, especially if you pay for your Catholic match searching and matching interactions, you may as well give it your best shot. It’s “safe” to believe that if other users have taken the time to respond to that long list of “match” questions, in addition to the sign-in process, that they are pretty serious about finding someone to like and love. Fill your glass up, fill out your profile (photos included) and fill up your inbox to meet someone new.
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