The catalyst for this post was going to be a comment on a local blog. Before this blogging experience, I had encountered the hardball tactics employed by some local bloggers of portraying those who disagree in a negative way. It’s not a question of if the tactics are effective – they usually are. It’s a question of whether there is a willingness to work towards genuine Christian unity in the orthodox Catholic community and so far, that hasn’t happened.
That was how I had intended to start this post. Then I saw that the catalyst comment and most of the others – there’s still one comment accusatory towards me but lacking my comment for others to see for themselves – had been removed. The removal of those comments is an acknowledgment they were inappropriate, which is good – as far as it goes. However, there’s no assurance that a re-occurrence will not happen.
First, there’s the promising post was Dr. K’s comments about the importance of supporting young priests. It needed to be said and he said it well. I’m glad he and I agree on the need to be careful about “friendly fire.” Recognizing and then clarifying an issue is how the Church – and community – both grow.
At this time, there is a rift between Gen and me. No matter what I say, it will be criticized. In addition, Gen is under the impression that his or her making a statement in effect closes the topic. I hope there will be some movement towards attempting to hear what the other person is saying. That’s not diversity, that’s basic Christian action. So I will speak my mind, offer my responses to a recent post, and raise the protective armor while trusting that God will work it out so that may be genuinely mutual exchanges.
Do not post a comment unless it thoughtfully adds to the perpetual discussion we are having. (Good. I hope that is applied even-handedly across the board, to all those who comment. That should end the name calling.)
when you push, I’ll push back (Excellent! Gen will understand that I feel the same way and will reciprocate: When you push, I’ll push back.)
if your tone is rude, angry, bitter, hateful, or argumentative, do not expect to see it up for long. (Again, this is a welcome change and would have prevented the over-the-top name-calling and sliming I endured.)
How would you like it if your guests started arguing with you when you invited them into your home? (I hope CF’s friends keep that in mind when they leave comments on others’ blogs also.)
These few commenters hide themselves behind anonymity (Gen is obviously referring to other commenters as I’ve always used my name. I haven’t read the blog closely enough to notice the others.)
cowards who are unable actually to discuss things civilly (Again, I’m very glad this has been mentioned since both the discussion – as in no one yet has rebutted the points I’ve made – and civility – I’ll leave out the examples unless memories need to be refreshed – have been missing in responses to my comments.)
Really folks, enough is enough. (Exactly my sentiments – that was the title of my 11/29/2009 entry.)
Lofty thoughts are expressed in that post. Let’s hope that everyone can keep to them.
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