If he wants to say he’s not a practicing Catholic but on the way, or he’s still Protestant but he wants to still be open to the teaching to the Catholic Church, that’s okay,” as then we’re not controlling.This is really important to underline because there are some Jewish sites which, as far as I know, are very strict.He’s Catholic — he’s got these interests, convictions.” You can know he’s Catholic, or at least a committed Christian, so this is very common ground which already exists before you choose if the photo is nice or not.Then you have a very good chance — 99% are really honest — because someone who goes to a Catholic site should be more or less honest, which is not so clear on the internet [overall] but on our site is very good. Is it possible to meet someone whom you later fall in love with at a soccer game or at a swimming pool or in the doctors’ waiting room? The internet is not in itself a bad thing, and young people spend at least 30% of their free time on the internet. It would be ridiculous to say it’s not more natural.The first 500 members could join for free, as we had to start, but then it started to grow immediately.And one year after founding this site, we’d already had the first weddings, or at least announcements of weddings.
What we said was: “Okay, to be a member, they have to pay 50 euro a year, and they get the right to use all the tools.
But the mentality in some of the southern countries is different. But what I like is that people get a chance to use half an hour of their free time on this, maybe on a night shift if they’re nurses and have no chance to go out on a Saturday evening because they’re too tired or still in the hospital.
It’s very interesting that in Germany, Austria and Hungary it works probably much better than in Italy, because in Italy people are used to meeting in the street.
After 12 years, we’ve tried to overcome the prejudice that the [Church’s view of] family’s serious and holy, and the internet isn’t serious enough.
But I always say that’s completely wrong because if you find someone, if a young man talks to a young lady at a party or at a discotheque, it’s more by chance he meets the right person because it’s just based on appearance. If you live in a small village, you have far fewer possibilities to go to events or parties, whereas on the internet you have rather serious criteria: You can look and say, “This guy is reading this book.