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We haven’t yet reached the dignity of the person.” Online personal ads “commoditize” people, violating Pope John Paul II’s personalistic norm “that a human being may never be used as a means to an end,” said Dawn Eden, author of .

Ann Clegg recalled one man who sent her four to five messages each day with riddles and puzzles.

Similar issues could arise on Catholic dating sites, said Christopher West, a Catholic author and speaker on John Paul II’s theology of the body.

“I think one of the biggest problems or dangers is that of treating another human being as something you can ‘shop for’ based on a list of traits and qualities,” West said.

But the smaller sites are growing: Ave Maria has gone from 2,000 to about 5,000 active users since 2000.

After 15 years in business, it has 3,000 marriages under its belt.

In terms of Catholic sites, Catholic Match says it has served almost 1 million people since its founding in 1999.

Three other Catholic sites — Ave Maria Singles.com, Catholic and Catholic (Catholic Mingle is part of the Christian Mingle conglomerate (aka Spark Network) that operates other sites for Jewish and Mormon singles) — all have had under 500,000 visitors, according to data.

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