I've been participating on CAF for the last couple months (as someone noted earlier) and I guess I tend to think of myself as being "on the right side" over there. (Don't make me explain what I mean by that -- I think you can understand what I'm talking about.)
But nevertheless I have to wonder: is it at all possible that to post there at all is to be some kind of "sell-out"? In other words, is posting at CAF tantamount to saying to the mods "I don't care that you've banned tons of innocent posters who just got in the way of your agenda. I only care about the that you haven't banned me." Or am just feeling guilty over nothing?
It's a question to which there is no answer.
After Joe was terminated and the first round of 'cleansing' occurred, I stayed on over there (albeit less frequently). I was appalled at the prospect that, with so many of my brothers and sisters banned, the quality of answers to legit inquirers would return to the early days, in which "I once heard ...", "(Altho I have never darkened the door of an EC/EO/OC/OO Church) I know for a fact that ...", etc, were stock openers to responses offered by people who knew nothing, nada, zilch about us or our Churches.
I wasn't able to keep sufficiently 'cool' and shortly outwore my welcome. Do I regret that? Yes, but only for that same reason - as I watch my fears come true. The level of misinformation grows by leaps and bounds. And, I remain eternally grateful to folks like my beloved brothers and long-time friends, Michael/Hesychios - Al/a pilgrim - Deacon Ed, and others - Mickey, jimmy, yeshua, Laka, rony, Ghosty, GregoryPalamas (if I keep naming, I'll leave someone out and feel badly), as well as other friends from ByzCath who have been posting there occasionally - Deacon Lance, Deacon Randy/Diak, Ung.
They try to keep some sense of coherence to it, but it's nigh impossible. You try and answer serious queries, but you're surrounded by ridiculousness. Case in point - the juvenile antics of such as holdencaulfield heads I get confirmed as a Latin, tails as a Ruthenian - whoops did I mention that I'm not even Catholic yet?
- and that's only slightly exagerrated. Old-timers here would recognize the young man as a virtual soulmate to what-was-his-name - Matthew? - the young man torn between becoming a Benedictine Catholic or Russian Orthodox monastic, albeit he was a Latin turned Syro-Malankara Orthodox until he decided to become Ruthenian Catholic.
And, again, such as the poster who announced that he's seeking sites at which to learn the liturgy of every Eastern/Oriental Church b/c somehow this will make him a more spiritually fulfilled person (or something)
Every time another legit representative of an Eastern Church bites the dust over there. things get worse. But, it's a vicious circle. Without those who are still there, the place could still continue and the level of discussion become ever more depressingly inaccurate. But, that they remain offers the forum a respectablility that isn't merited. Catch-22.
I suspect that many of my compatriots feel much the same way.
And God bless and keep Bishop Basil of Phoenix over there. He may be of an ecclesia that most of us would label vagante
, but he answers questions honestly and pretty much accurately. He also has a remarkable skill in making brief posts (in reply to the ridiculous queries and comments) cloaked in a thinly-disguised veneer that even the brain-dead should be able to understand as asking "what are you babbling about?". I have a great respect for the man.