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“When a couple gets married, they have unlimited choices for their reception, and, as a result, the couple [often] spends more time and money and concern over the party than the wedding Mass or preparing for the rest of their lives through the sacrament of marriage,” he said.

Over roughly the last decade, online dating has gone from stigma to social norm.

The site has a free “Guide to Online Dating,” and it has launched the Catholic Match Institute for Dating and Marriage to combat declining marriage rates among Catholics.

“The decline in Catholics getting married in the Church is undeniable, but it seems a stretch to blame online dating,” Barcaro said.

Advantages and Disadvantages Such sites pair people who would otherwise not meet due to distance or other circumstances, said Catholic Match CEO Brian Barcaro.

One match involved a man stationed on a submarine and a nurse on a nearly all-female staff in a neonatal unit.