The natural question I asked was how she met her fiancé. 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.
Two of her close friends had both met their husbands through Catholic Match and encouraged her to follow their example.
“You need humility to sign up to the website because you do feel embarrassed, especially when you spot people from you local parish,” Clare told me.
The website also asks if you have tattoos or piercings.
Once you have covered the basics, you are then asked to answer “yes” or “no” to whether you support Church teaching on the Eucharist, contraception, the sanctity of human life, premarital sex, the Immaculate Conception and Holy Orders. Is it really necessary to include a questionnaire checking if Catholics accept basic Church teaching?
After eight months of courtship they were engaged and then married. Of course, Clare and James’s story sounds a bit too good to be true and you may remain sceptical.
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Madeleine Teahan says more and more Catholics are trying out dating websites.
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.