Thank you all for your thoughtful and charitable responses.
To those of you who missed it in the early part of the thread, I did say in response to a post Jerry made that I was not aware CM was intended to be for platonic friendships and fellowship as well as for folks searching for a spouse. I also was not aware that at one time, though Jerry is not sure if it is still the case, divorced Catholics were asked to sign an agreement not to use the site for dating purposes unless their marriage was annulled. Jerry also stated that divorced members are not allowed to use the match feature of the site. I am absolutely sure these safeguards are not intended as a punishment of any sort - or to make a judgement that anyone is bad or has done anything wrong. Like the teachings of the Church, these guidelines must be here to try and help us all remain faithful to the teachings of the Church which is an act of charity, otherwise CM would be supporting, in some way, adultery.
Some of you may have also missed in a early post the statement I made that, since CM is open to those also seeking fellowship or friendship, one could argue that including those who are not in agreement with the teachings of the Church might prove beneficial for all concerned.
From my perspective, from what I've been taught by people I respect VERY much, we're all here on earth with one primary goal - to get to Heaven and to help our brothers and sisters do the same. And I am heartened to hear that a number of you have experienced directly conversions of heart occurring on this site through interactions with others. Praise God!
Also from my perspective - no one has to agree with me of course! - I think it is an excellent opportunity to teach some of the truths of our Faith by providing a link with accurate catechesis about the 7 faith questions - what the Church teaches on each faith question and why - by providing a link directly next to each Faith question. For example, "Do you believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist?" (click here to find out what the Church teaches and why) _____Yes ______No As a few other people suggested there could also be a comment area provided if the person wished to expound on their answer. Talk about opening doors to communication! :-) Not trying to tell CM how to run their site - I think they do a very good job! Just a few suggestions!
God bless you all.
In Christ's Love,