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August 08, 2006

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steph

Amen, brother. While I sometimes wonder if we're fighting a losing battle, it at least makes me feel a little better that those who come across my site realize that there is more to the Church that some of the venomous divisiveness that's out there.

Very well said .... I'll probably link to it, if'n you don't mind.

Honora

Good! I think a lot of Catholic folks start out with the very best and most selfless intentions, but suddenly are waylaid by a mean-spiritedness they didn't expect, and answer with the same. Not to even mention the problem of Catholic sites that mislead in so many other ways, but it seems the biggest problem is that this medium is horrendously limited--rarely are wounded or winking eyes seen, or gasps or good-natured laughs heard. Adequate communication can go downhill very rapidly. It becomes too much a cyber medium. And a competitive one.

God is indeed Love. If we did not hear that from our Christ, or from all the prophets who heralded Him, then we need to go back, seek it and hear it, before we come online.

I'm looking forward to this discussion. Thank you for tackling it, with mercy.

forget me not

hi deacon dan

This medium may have its limits, but at the same time it is so incredibly far reaching and powerful! Frighteningly so...
I think one simply has to always remember that there is a real person on the other side. 'Do unto others' is a good rule to follow even in this modern but as Honora says, horrendously limited medium.

marco frisbee

It remains puzzling to me that so many 'blogs that claim to be "Catholic" or "Christian" bear so much resentment. Mix religion with the adolescent/post-adolescent "flamewar" and the result is not merely hasty thoughts laid bare in cyberspace, but an example of the sin of scandal - conduct so commonplace it appears to be accepted practice, proof of which can remain accessible to readers and search engines for months, if not years.

And to think the chief threat of the internet was pornography.

Lately I've had to pare down my own list of sites and blogs which deal with the Church, and other topics, and rethink what I put to text. Like the flesh-and-blood world beyond my laptop, the virtues work online.

Deacon DW

Thank you, Marco, in all honesty I've certainly had my own resentments, and I've regretably I've gotten caught in the flamewar a time or two. I've certainly had my hasty thought put in print. No one is immune, especially if we have a tendency to jump in when we see fellow Christians--regardless of creed--treated a manner that we would not tolerate elsewhere. I think what you said about adolesence being to blame bears a lot of weight. Given that, there's even more cause to forgive.

A commenter on Sister Stephanie's blog had great advice, just don't read the stuff you know is going to be offensive. Stick with what edifies.

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