Tuesday, May 13, 2008

New Comment Box Policy at Te Deum Laudamus!

I am going to follow a host of other bloggers who do not permit the "anonymous" name to be used by commentors. Over 90% of those leaving comments without any other name or pseudoname are not only negative, but typically rude or obnoxious. Setting that aside, it is difficult to respond to "anonymous" when there are several in the same combox, and all may be different people.

Therefore, I am requiring the use of a name or pseudoname. The comment tool allows you to list a name among other options.

Other combox policies already discussed:

  • Be charitable. If you can't present your objection or comment in a manner that respects the dignity of other readers, then feel free to get your own blog where you can be as rude and obnoxious as you choose.

  • No promotion of or links to websites promoting private revelations not yet approved by the Catholic Church. There is a difference between cautiously awaiting the Church's decision on something and full blown endorsements which may mislead people into believing something is authentic and approved.

  • No promotion of or links to websites belonging to schismatic groups, or groups in an irregular status with the Catholic Church. An example of a group with an irregular status, is the SSPX or Society of St. Pius X.

  • Anything resembling gossip or personal attacks on others will not be posted, particularly where there is no public knowledge as it can fall under the sins of rash judgment, detraction, or calumny.

For a review of the above, for the uncatechized - the Cathechism of the Catholic Church...

2477 Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury.278 He becomes guilty:

  • - of rash judgment who, even tacitly, assumes as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor;

  • - of detraction who, without objectively valid reason, discloses another's faults and failings to persons who did not know them;279

  • - of calumny who, by remarks contrary to the truth, harms the reputation of others and gives occasion for false judgments concerning them.

2478 To avoid rash judgment, everyone should be careful to interpret insofar as possible his neighbor's thoughts, words, and deeds in a favorable way:

    Every good Christian ought to be more ready to give a favorable interpretation to another's statement than to condemn it. But if he cannot do so, let him ask how the other understands it. And if the latter understands it badly, let the former correct him with love. If that does not suffice, let the Christian try all suitable ways to bring the other to a correct interpretation so that he may be saved.280

2479 Detraction and calumny destroy the reputation and honor of one's neighbor. Honor is the social witness given to human dignity, and everyone enjoys a natural right to the honor of his name and reputation and to respect. Thus, detraction and calumny offend against the virtues of justice and charity.

2480 Every word or attitude is forbidden which by flattery, adulation, or complaisance encourages and confirms another in malicious acts and perverse conduct. Adulation is a grave fault if it makes one an accomplice in another's vices or grave sins. Neither the desire to be of service nor friendship justifies duplicitous speech. Adulation is a venial sin when it only seeks to be agreeable, to avoid evil, to meet a need, or to obtain legitimate advantages.
Yeah - blogging does not give anyone an exemption from following the 8th Commandment.


I hope you will participate here. I have comment moderation turned on. If after 24 hours you do not see your comment posted and feel you did not violate any of the above, pleae contact me and I'll look into it or provide an explanation.

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K.Counselor said...

Check out he St Frances Cabrini clinic at Holy Trinity. It is a health clinic started by Msgr Kerns.
Regarding the architecture of Oakland Catherdral. We can lift our hearts-find God -anywhere. Architecture should not hold us back. It can sometimes help but is never a barrier. We may have preferences but it is never a barrier.
Bishop Vigneron has expressed missing MI so he may say yes if offered Detroit. Many other bishops have turned the offer down.

OCguy49 said...

I do not know the eact circumstances of Fr Corapi's situation. However, his description of the process (or lack of it) is exactly what the priests who have accused have faced. There is no way to clear their name after the accudation. Normally, the bishop settles the case so that there is no trial. Since the person is suing the bishop the priest never gets to testify and has no rights to see anything. Many times the case is settled before he knows that it has been. There has been NO real investigation and now that the bishop has paid the settlement, he cannot say that the priest was innocent since people will be upset that he paid an unjust claim. The priest is left in "No Man's Land" for the rest of his life. NO ONE CARES.

Sheila said...

"For about ten years I have been attacked, threatened, and endured extortion attempts. The leadership of the Church never lifted a finger to help me in any way with this. Every time someone gets angry with me or decides they want a payday I have to go through hell with no help from the leadership of the Church. I admit I have grown w.........eary of that. The trauma created by all of the sexual abuse of minors scandals has warped the judgment of some in authority. They are running scared. I believe in my case they panicked. “We don’t know if the dog is rabid, but let’s shoot him in the head just in case.” Well, this black sheep of a sheepdog has been “shot in the head” before and lived to tell about it. I’ll be telling about it for awhile longer". Fr. John Corapi