Further, it is not true that paying money to someone means you endorse their views.
If that were true we could only buy and sell from orthodox Catholics, which is absurd.
Most of the profiles I looked at were hardly “radtrad” at all.
Conservative catholic dating site
Just as it would be wrong to assume that everyone who reads the blog agrees with it, or that everyone who subscribes to a magazine endorses it in toto, so too would it be wrong to impute the views of a web-creator to everone who takes advantage of it. Would it be wrong for a Catholic to set up a personnel ad on a non-Catholic website? There might be some good Catholic readers on that generic website.
If I took out a personal ad in the New York Times, would that be a failure of prudence, because the Times is a liberal paper? Similarly, there is no single emporium of orthodox Catholic singles. Many of the profiles on the Traditional Catholic site are also on other mainstream sites. There is no “non-rad-trad” Latin Mass singles website, as far as I know of, so I see nothing bothersome about posting an add on that website. In short, Michelle’s views would be correct if the only people on the website were “rad-trads.” Why go to a website that only has people you can’t marry? The website is not a monolithic mass of radical traditionalism.
Not to step on Michelle’s toes here, but Breier, it seems like you might be missing the larger point.
While I agree with you about not attributing the views of a particular website to all those who frequent it, it seems like common sense to admit that, while there are many faithful catholics like you and, at times, me that don’t prefer the N.
There’s comfort to be had in seeing how this has happened in the past, and how the Church has always been protected.
All throughout Church history there have been groups that have isolated themselves, convinced that their own theories are somehow more trustworthy than Christ’s promise to guide his Church.
O., most aren’t serious enough about it to seek out a “no N. The fact that they go to THAT site, and not some other orthodox Catholic site, shows that people using it are particularly valuing that aspect which makes the site unique.
Not to say that they all value the Latin Mass more than they do the church, only that their mindset is very likely predominately “anti-N.
There are many other reasons people would go to it, for instance, it’s the only Latin Mass singles website out there.
Therefore it’s quite possible to go there with the intention of finding a “non-rad-trad,” as it were.
People naturally want to find similarity and complementarity in a prospective spouse.