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I definitely think you can use Tinder if you’re using it to meet people – not to hook up with people.” It’s admittedly a bit difficult to find someone who can speak with moral authority specifically to dating apps in the Catholic world. “Whenever discerning the morality of an act not explicitly defined by Church teaching, we must examine the object, the intention, and the circumstances,” he said, referencing paragraph 1757 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.Because of the very recent explosion of smartphones, followed by the subsequent explosion of dating apps, or because of vows of celibacy, many clergy and moral experts have actually never used dating apps themselves. “Regarding the ‘object,’ apps – in general, as an invention – are not bad in and of themselves.
“Just like alcohol is not inherently bad but can be used for evil, I don’t think Tinder is inherently evil as well. Plow works with hundreds of young people every day as the director of Households at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio (kind of like Greek houses, but faith-based). Plow said when Catholics determine the morality of any act or tool, like Tinder, three things must be considered.Based on a photo, first name, and age alone, users decide whether to swipe left (to pass) or right (to like).With GPS tracking, the app also tells users exactly how far away potential matches may be, making life even easier for those just looking for a quick hook-up. It’s a seriously shallow app that turns people into quickly-judged commodities on a screen.It’s a finger-flicking hymn to the instant gratification of the smartphone age.
It’s addictive.” Matt Fradd is a Catholic speaker and author and founder of The Porn Effect, a website with a mission to “expose the reality behind the fantasy of pornography and to equip individuals to find freedom from it.” In his ministry, he’s heard a lot of stories from young people about their struggle to overcome objectifying people through porn. “Tinder exists for those who would rather not purchase a prostitute,” he told CNA.
“It’s setting up two or three Tinder dates a week and, chances are, sleeping with all of them, so you could rack up 100 girls you’ve slept with in a year.” But Tinder doesn’t always have to be that way, users argue.