Tuesday, May 03, 2005

A new day...

I removed two posts from earlier tonight where I gave into anger and frustration and posted a scanned letter from a former friend, comparing it with the treatment I've lately received, and then wrote a lengthy essay pondering on that friend's motives. I now see that there's no point in such tactics, since all it could possibly do is drive us even further apart. While from a cold, logical standpoint, I can make my case, when emotions are involved, as they are most certainly in this case, logic flies out the window.

I'll again call for an examination of all the evidence from both sides in this long dispute over a relatively insignificant (in the long run anyway) message board. If we are found wanting, then I am happy to quietly walk away and find greener pastures--this blog was meant to be such a pasture, by the way, but has devolved into a platform against the other side. If we are found in the right, as I expect we are, then I would sincerely like an apology, removal of the person in question, and, if it's at all possible, resumption of our relationship. We could do so much good, serving the Lord, reaching out to the world for the Church through the message board format. It is not about any one ego, or any one personality, or whether one of us is better than another at apologetics or has a superior mind for debate, it is about bringing people into the Faith. And this destructive war over the past few weeks, if anyone from outside is looking in, could only have hurt our cause. Christians fighting Christians doesn't make Christianity attractive. As our Lord said in John 17:20-23:

"I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me."


At 9:07 AM, Blogger Dropper said...

Bravo. Great post.

At 9:22 AM, Blogger dcs said...


It's perfectly all right to be opposed to something, but let's not define ourselves by opposition.

I used to be opposed to the blog format because so many bloggers seem to use their blogs as vanity sites for their own works. However, it seems that collaboration on a blog could be an effective tool for evangelization. Also, I think that one is more careful in writing for a blog than in writing for a message board. We've all seen the non-stop complaints regarding, say, liturgical abuses on message boards and frankly, IMHO, it only leads to backbiting and rash judgment.

At 10:43 AM, Blogger BekahS. said...

I agree, Chad. This blog doesn't need to devolve into anything. Time to move on. I think we've made our position known loud and clear and if anyone from "over there" needs answers, they can find it in the archives. Let's return to what this blog was meant for, a gathering of committed orthodox Catholics sharing their views on faith, with a touch of humor toward ourselves and the world we find ourselves in. ;)


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