A few things which must be said….
Would those who wish and agree to contact each other please contact me privately (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know that you agree to the release of your email address to whomever. I believe there were some who wished to exchange email addresses in the last couple of weeks while I was both away and very busy. I have lost track and would like to get that taken care of.
Also, would those who wish to engage in personal debates please arrange to debate privately. If it becomes clear after one exchange that you have a strong difference of opinion on a topic and wish to pursue it further please make arrangements to continue the debate privately: ask those with whom you wish to debate if they would agree to have their email released to you and I will take it from here.
On another note, the one on one attacks must stop. It is ridiculous to see those who are presumably fighting the sex abuse crisis in the Church and reaching out to help victims and their families who are struggling at each other’s throats, hurling insults and/or bickering away. This accomplishes absolutely nothing.
Over the past few weeks I have spent many hours on the phone with persons whose lives and families have been rent asunder by clerical sexual abuse and/or sex abuse within the Church. I can not begin to tell you what it’s like to check the site on the heels of such conversations and see the nonsense which at times prevails in the comments. It all seems so trite. Surely there are more constructive ways to reach out to those who are hurting? Surely there are better ways to hold those responsible for the crisis accountable than going after each other?
For the time being, and at least into the New Year, there will be a limit of five comments per day person.
Enough for now,