Upcoming blog commenting policy

Hello all,

We are going to implement a new commenting policy.

As of August 1,  we will only post comments from people with real names from verifiable locations and email addresses.  If you wish to comment under a “handle” that’s okay, we will keep your personal details private, but we need to know who you are.

We would appreciate people who use “handles” or email addresses that do not reflect their real names to let us know as soon as possible.

Eventually, we may also limit comments to those who are members of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society, but for now, anyone may comment as long as we know who you are.

Thank you.


9 thoughts on “Upcoming blog commenting policy

  1. This does sound like a prudent policy, at least at some level, though not without some potential for adverse consequences.

    Regarding implementation…

    >> 1. Do you need additional information from those of us who have previously identified ourselves via e-mail to owners of predecessor blogs such as “Ordinariate Expats” and “Foolishness to the World” or in previous threads on this blog (I’m thinking here, by way of example, of the thread perhaps a couple months ago asking those who are not members of an ordinariate to explain our interest)?

    >> 2. What is the mechanism for new posters to register? Is there an on-line form that they can fill out (probably best) or an e-mail address to which they should send the relevant information? And in either case, there ought to be an explanation of the new comment policy with instructions to register and a link to the relevant form or e-mail address.



  2. The new mechanism for registering one’s details does not seem to be in evidence ahead of tomorrow’s deadline but I doubt that its privacy guarantee would meet my standard anyway. So I will bid farewell to my loyal readers. It’s been a long bumpy ride through The Anglo-Catholic, Stephen Smuts, Ordinariate Expats, and now here. My regret at the abrupt conclusion is tempered by the fact that this blog seems to have abandoned any news-gathering function in favour of the sort of discussion about Vatican politics and such which one can find all over the internet. Two deacons were ordained for the OCSP this month, two more will be ordained this month. If you want to know more, don’t bother checking here. I did appreciate Mr Murphy’s sincere attempts to balance fair comment with pastoral discretion, shall we say, on OE, and I have learned a lot from “Norm” who despite being my temperamental opposite (“The glass is half-full and will be overflowing shortly!!” shares many of my values and also knows a lot about canon law.
    A last cautionary word to those in charge: those who have been Catholics all their lives can tolerate a lot of internal disagreement, in the same way that a family can have a fight without falling apart. But new Catholics, or those considering becoming so, are like the dates and in-laws at the family party—alarmed and worried about what they may have let themselves in for. As I said elsewhere recently, Anglicans can get all the division and backstabbing they can handle in their own denomination. They like to think that Rome will be the luxury ocean liner compared to the leaky rowboat they have left. It is not enough to say “Things are great at my parish”. That is the way they are currently coping, in many instances. It says nothing about the health of the larger organization. Don’t show them too many pictures of the Costa Concordia.


    • I agree with the “glass is half full” part. I’m not so sure about the “will soon be overflowing” part, unless you are measuring “soon” on the Church’s time scale (on which “soon” means “in a couple hundred years”). But I do believe firmly that that the ordinariates are an essential step on the path of ecumenical reconciliation, lighting the way to healing the many schisms in Christendom. This is indeed the work of God alone, and well worth supporting.

      I will say that your contributions, overall, have been informative, and will be missed, even though I find your “glass is half empty about to shatter completely” negativity to be unhelpful. (Yes, two can play this game!)

      Seriously, you do need to trust somebody in this life. Revealing your name and background to the master of a blog won’t kill you. I do hope that you will reconsider.

      And no, I don’t expect to see your information, just as you have not seen mine.



    • Because knowing who is posting on our blog is the responsible thing to do, especially in a social media environment plagued with rumor, anonymous sources, and the harmful speculation that results.


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