At 55 and my annulment imminent, I’ve recently been active on a couple of on-line dating sites - one Catholic-specific and the other a national site where I make it clear I am a practicing Catholic. At this point I’m just looking for friendship, but that’s not the issue.
Many times I start a correspondence with a Catholic woman, quickly to find that while she considers herself a loyal Catholic, she views the changes being brought about by Pope Benedict with disappointment. In a few instances I’ve pressed for an explanation of what concerns them and I get vague generalities… usually about “the role of women in the Church” but when I asked if they wanted women priests, they said no.
I’m not sure what to conclude from this; I presume that these are women who feel that The Catholic Church needs to “get with the times”; or maybe they just like felt banners and Cum Bye Yah.
Specifically I wonder if it’s just a case of the poor religious “formation” which characterized my own growing up: “sin isn’t really sin” “Jesus loves us whatever we do so do whatever” and “All churches are really the same”… blah blah blah. (Sorry, I spent some time outside of the Church, returning to it when mature study on my own dime brought me back in relief)
I guess I’m beginning to think that I’ll be seeing a lot of movies on one ticket… and I’m not sure I like the idea.
Oh well. I invite comment. (Except on the “dating while still married”; I have no intention of going much beyond “friends” until well after the annulment comes through)