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Get 6 Free Issues! VIENNA — The first Catholic dating website in Austria has grown rapidly since it went online inhelping around 1, members to get married and expanding to nine countries. Called Kathtreffthe website was founded by Martin Kugler and his wife, Gudrun, both of whom have dedicated their lives to promoting the Catholic faith in the public square in an increasingly secular Europe.
In this recent interview with the Register in Vienna, Martin Kugler shares why they started the website, why he believes prejudice against using internet dating sites is diminishing, and why Catholic dating sites offer certain safeguards that others do not. Twelve years ago, I had just Catholic church view on online dating married. There was only a Protestant website in Austria, which was rather expensive. This is really important to underline because there are some Jewish sites which, as far as I know, are very strict.
Journalists, even secular ones, were rather interested and sympathetic to this project. So we have a kind of immunity against this kind of bad phenomenon. The first members could for free, as we had to start, but then it started to grow immediately. We have, of course, no notice [that comes to us directly through the site] about anyone who found their wife or husband through the site, but many of them sent a photo of themselves. In the U.
But here anything that is more than 50 kilometers is another world. And if someone is outgoing, he has big advantages. And then you have still the possibility to write s to many people and see how they respond.
Where are you from? Some people still feel ashamed to go to such websites. God uses all means which he offers to us. But why also not via the internet? So why not use this very important space?
Why is it more natural to meet someone in the marketplace or in an art exhibition? Yes, of course, but step by step I think this prejudice is already going [away]. We have even very young people. We started inand I think we have about 1, marriages. But we know at least about have married [through the site], Catholic church view on online dating we estimate the total to be considerably more. In the meantime, we have websites in nine other languages — [for example] Hungarian, Croatian, Slovenian, Slovakian, and also in Portuguese, which is very funny because then it could also conquer the market in Brazil.
But the mentality in some of the southern countries is different. The climate differences make it interesting! They can still check their s. They have a window on reality. They see, say, five profiles of nice people, and they are happy to at least stay in the battle [to find a holy spouse]. Follow him on Twitter at edwardpentin.
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