A word of warning to commenters

Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve said it many times and I sincerely mean it: Your comments make a valuable contribution to this effort; in fact, I think of this blog as our effort to defend the Catholic Faith and not just my own.

This is true even of those commenters who have opinions, oftentimes passionate, that differ from my own. Those contrary opinions can sometimes spark great conversations, and so you won’t see me deleting them in the manner of certain other bloggers.

That said, outside of the obvious norms of decent behavior, I’ve repeatedly asked commenters to abide by just one rule, and it’s obviously time for me to repeat it:

Limit your comments to the topic addressed in the post.

Clearly, a little latitude is called for, and is given. What will no longer be given is free reign to those (and you know who you are) who have been taking advantage of the situation to turn so many posts into a soapbox for sedevacantism.

That particular party is over.

I’ve shown the door to exactly three commenters in the entire time this blog has been up and running, all for the same reason; not for beating the sedevacantism drum specifically, but for turning the combox into a mini-blog for their own cause.

For now, I take the blame for not looking over the combox as diligently as I should have lately. By letting it get out of hand, I know for certain that the blog has become less beneficial to many readers.

With this in mind, I’m going to pay closer attention moving forward, and genuinely hope to find that things are different. If not, no one will be put on notice and there will be no dialogue (way too newchurch!)

Thanks in advance.

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