Monday, October 19, 2015

IMPORTANT! THOSE WHO COMMENT MUST NOW REGISTER AND USE THEIR NAME AND IDENTITY!

Because of the great polarization taking place in the Church and the hateful words so many are using against each other and the Holy Father, I have decided to make those who comment register and use their real names and identities.

I've received so many hateful comments and comments that are mortal sins against charity that I've become exhausted reading and screening them. No one should see some of the comments that I have to delete.

I hope you register and comment. Be nice! Be careful! Don't comment compulsively!

27 comments:

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

I wanted to be the first to comment using my new comment policy. I love it!

Marc said...

I like it, Father. Good decision.

Ryan Smith said...

Good idea Fr!

I was wondering if you would do a post on Francis' recent comments on synodality and what a disaster that would be for the Church. At what point would the Church stop being Catholic if this happens, and do you think it will actually happen?

Jan said...

Does that include Gob? I wonder what his real name is - perhaps Methuselah or something like that - after all he does maintain that he's old! Mind you "Gob" might be his real name!

Jan

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

I did a post on it below, "just what does synodalty mean as Pope Francis envisions it?"

James G said...

Good idea, Father, and I hope it keeps the trolls away.

It'll be weird seeing all the new blogger names, and wondering who used to be Anonymous 2 and Gob (not me!).

Julian Barkin said...

I agree but you should take it further and say "no pseudonames" nor absence of a last name. If you dish it out you should own up to it and be ready to take it.

John Nolan said...

'Gob' was previously one of the (too many) anonymous commentators until after a particularly provocative and ill-informed rant on his part I suggested he merited the expressive Irish epithet 'gobshite', which suits him to a T.

As for what Francis means by 'synodality', it's anyone's guess. Any attempt to invest Bishops' Conferences with juridical authority would meet with strong opposition from Gerhard Müller, canon lawyers and not least individual bishops. The USA has a single Conference; the UK (much smaller in geographical area and in the number of Catholics) has three - one for England and Wales, another for Scotland and a third for Northern Ireland (shared with the rest of Ireland).

There are three big hitters in the Curia - Müller, Pell and Sarah, incidentally representing three continents - and Francis needs to keep them onside. They are the only men who can save the Pope from himself. If he chooses to surround himself with a 'kitchen cabinet' of like-minded cronies and attempt to bully the Curia he is heading for disaster. Synod 2014 severely tarnished his reputation. Synod 2015 might finish him off. Yes, his papacy would drag on for a few more years, but no amount of crowd-pleasing will disguise the fact that he has become a busted flush.

I'm not saying it will happen, but it is a distinct possibility.

Marc said...

While I agree with Julian's sentiment, some of us have reasons unrelated to this blog as to why we would prefer not to include our last names. For my part, I do not want to appear in Google searches due to my line of work.

Just something to consider.

Julian Barkin said...

Hi Marc. You do bring up a valid point. I just get tired on these blogs, one of them being here, how people with such profiles hide behind them to spew bile at the church while being Radicals misrepresenting Traditonalists. If that is your needed reason for full/partial anonymity then that is a valid reason. However I'd put good money most of us In the blogosphere don't have jobs with that much risk attached to it.

Joe Potillor said...

Great idea,

Robert Kumpel said...

I think this is a good idea. Anonymity has its place in media, but the blog system has run amok with too many people irresponsibly taking advantage of their supposed anonymity. Accountability is a good thing too. If we have an opinion and we wish to take it into a public forum, we need to own it.

Flavius Hesychius said...

If you dish it out you should own up to it and be ready to take it.

What does this mean? Take what from whom?

I don't know if my name is acceptable or not. Everyone who knows me in real life--except Marc, I guess--knows that Flavius = me. I don't see how changing my name on Google is beneficial to anyone in this case, especially when I can just create a more realistic fake name. this just seems silly, but it's not my blog.

northernhermit said...

I think I just registered?

Marc said...

Flavius has a good point, as usual. If nothing else, though, the use of a linked name means we can possibly keep a little bit better track of who is who during the conversations. And I guess it's likely that someone might be dissuaded from trolling if there's the step of creating a fake name to do so. On the other hand, trolls can exhibit remarkable dedication...

Gene said...

So, Northern Hermit is really your name. Get with it....the rest of us did.

George said...


I've been entering comments here for about two years or so. I did not post
using a registered account because until recently I didn't have one.

Jan said...

Well Julian Barkin has the notorious Fr D in his circle, so that speaks volumes to me.

Michael Kavanaugh said...

If we focused our discussions on WJAT is said rather than WHO has said it, registration would be far less necessary. Even so, with registration, cui bono?

Gene said...

Is WJAT the Leftist radio station you listen to?

Jenny said...

Father, is anyone else having trouble registering? I've tried from my iPad and from our PC...the red "Register" pops up on a separate screen, but when selected, produces nothing even after waiting several minutes. Am I just hopelessly inept?

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

You are the second person to say so and to be quite honest, I have no idea how all this works as it is powered by blogspot. Keep trying.

Marc said...

Jenny, you can't register by clicking the Register image in the post - clicking that image just brings up a larger view of that picture. I think you have to register in the area below the comment box. At any rate, your name shows up in red, so you're already registered! It's just tied to your Google account is all.

You're not inept, you're just so advanced that your confused!

Jenny said...

Thanks, Marc!
I stay confused most of the time. NI can tell my family and friends it's because I'm so advanced! I have it on good authority... (-:

Mark said...

Jenny, I also had great difficulty understanding what to do. I also opted for the "inept" explanation. I much prefer Marc's alternative explanation. I also very much appreciate his help in running the cyber-gauntlet. =)

Marc said...

You're welcome.

If anyone else is having a problem getting registered, I'd suggest you just type a comment here, and select the first option below the comment box about signing into Google. Once you hit Submit for your comment, it'll take you into a screen to sign into your Google account.

If you need to mess with your account settings thereafter to edit your name, then you can click in the very top right of the screen from the Southern Orders main page and check your account settings. After looking around in there, you should see an option to edit your Blogger name.

Happy commenting, everyone!

Flavius Hesychius said...

Hmm... I'm wondering... who went and (I assume googled) 'Flavius Hesychius' and then went to my academia.edu page?