Update: I’ve learned that the person who left the inflammatory and misdirected original comment (attributed to “a fan of Cleansing Fire”) is the same as Crown Vic and 2 other comments, using a total of 3 user names and 3 email addresses.
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A comment on this blog from a fan of Cleansing Fire (CF) prompted me to consider writing Posting Guidelines. Before writing those guidelines, I wanted to deal with that comment that was a verbal attack seemingly out of nowhere. I’ve since realized that would be a complete waste of time and energy.
Before addressing the two sets of comments, I came to some realizations, and if this entire post seems strongly worded, it’s because it seems the only way to convey being serious. One is that this exchange of comments destroyed being able to take CF’s posts seriously again. As to their protests that I lack of sense of humor – how is that different than say South Park or Kathy Griffin saying that people who object simply “lack a sense of humor”?
A second was that some of the people involved with the exhange of comments are contributing to the messed up state of this diocese. They won’t be able to blame the bishop, the lay ecclesial whatevers, or the 1969 Missal – they themselves have contributed to the mess.
The third is that for a blog that equates itself with the Magisterium, yet is unwilling for a face-to-face discussion demonstrated that the blog is more heat than light. I’ve met people who are probably readers of CF and in person, they’re very nice people. (Ahem, this should read: I don’t know for sure that they are indeed readers of CF though because of the pseudonyms.) If there are people who read the patronizing, insulting comments directed to me (I sign my real name, so people do know who I am) and yet talk to me in person as if nothing happened, well, the only positive way to describe that is that it destroys trust.
Attack and Run
The first comment exchange is that CSL, a CF fan, posted a very self-righteous comment filled with accusations. I took her comment at face value and took it seriously enough to a write a detailed response. CSL’s reply was a dismissive tu quoque. No thought whatsoever put into either of her comments, just attack and run.
Indeed it wasn’t until afterwards when I went digging into the various DoR blogs that I realized that CSL accusing me of “bickering and pettiness” was apparently based on discussion on someone else’s blog ten days previous to my post and of which I was unaware of. In other words, CSL had nothing to back up her accusations and was simply shooting off her mouth.
Attack and Hide
The second comment exchange had to do with the constant disparagement of the Novus Ordo to which the protest came that they weren’t disparaging the Novus Ordo itself, only the liturgical abuses. The problem is that the comments were not about liturgical abuses but clearly did disparage the Novus Ordo itself: “The Novus Ordo is to blame….rotten times with the Novus Ordo… That makes it valid. It doesn’t make it good.”
Newsflash: denial is not a river in Egypt.
The other part of both set of comments were the personal attacks (“you lack spirituality” etc) that sounded very much like school yard taunts. That’s especially true when made by “Anonymous” and even those with pseudonyms and all of them sound tough, but no one yet has had the guts to make those comments to my face.
Needed: Spiritual Maturity
The work ahead requires, not schoolyard taunts, but spiritual maturity. I hope that people here shed their schoolyard ways and grow into maturity.