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« Reply #720 on: November 27, 2007, 04:28:35 PM »

it's because of Mickey Mouse stuff like this. 

Hey!  I resemble that remark!
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« Reply #721 on: November 27, 2007, 04:32:14 PM »

Schultz,

I agree, it's a dead dog topic...let it go and move on

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« Reply #722 on: November 27, 2007, 04:42:05 PM »

Schultz,

I agree, it's a dead dog topic...let it go and move on

james

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« Reply #723 on: November 27, 2007, 04:44:23 PM »

Therese Martin?

While it's certainly not outside the realm of possibilities, I find it unlikely that a moderator of a Catholic forum would have the same name as the birthname of one of Catholicism's most beloved saints (and certainly one I'm very devoted to).  One would think that, working in an official capacity, one would sign such an official email in one's real name.

If that is her actual name, then I'm wrong and will admit it.  It just seems a bit cutesy, that's all.

There's a reason I shy away from Catholic forums and it's because of Mickey Mouse stuff like this.  I think all the refugees should just shake the dust off and go about your business on here, so to speak, but those folks over at CAF are really going about this wrong way, IMHO.

Yup, Therese Martin.

And I think the whole purpose of this thread is to facilitate shaking off the dust.  Well, and to poke a little fun at CAF here and there, too, maybe.  Wink

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« Reply #724 on: November 27, 2007, 05:49:07 PM »

Well, our dear Therese did reply.  Here's what she said: "Ziggernaut--

The tag that appears under a banned member's name is placed there at the sole discretion of the CAF mod/admin staff."
Aside from the moral issues of her choice of showing a person with a false status one has to wonder a little about the legalities.  Therese Martin is claiming that people who are not in fact members of her Forum are members.   Is she able to lie in this way about non-members?

To put it into two syllable words:

Fr Ambrose is not a member of CAF
Therese Martin is claiming that Fr Ambrose is a member and she is listing him on her Forum as such.

Some of us who are not CAF members, myself included, have asked her NOT to show us as members.  One would think that she has an obligation to respond to our demands on this matter and not list us as members.

Her continuance is this falsehood has also led to some harrassment - I have been accused by CAF members of lying about being banned. I have been told that I am trying to make CAF look bad.  This becomes stressful.







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« Reply #725 on: November 27, 2007, 06:18:20 PM »

Allow me to read between the lines and answer as if I were a CAF moderator:

Dear Jeff,

Thank you for your correspondence. Many Roman and Eastern Catholics were converting to Holy Orthodoxy based on the truth and the strength of the Orthodox position. Furthermore, those Roman and Eastern Catholics who did not convert, were complaining bitterly because they could not gain an advantage in any of the debates. There was no choice but to ban everyone wholesale.

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Mickey,

Before you left the Catholic Church, I don't remember this level of sarcasm or mockery, or (IMO) false implications emanating from your posts.

If you want to prove your point, start a new thread, and floor me with the Orthodox evidence that proves her as God's Church on earth. Otherwise, I am clueless as to this evidence on CAF that had many Eastern and Roman Catholics converting to Eastern Orthodoxy.

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« Reply #726 on: November 27, 2007, 06:36:52 PM »

Mickey,

Before you left the Catholic Church, I don't remember this level of sarcasm or mockery, or (IMO) false implications emanating from your posts.

If you want to prove your point, start a new thread, and floor me with the Orthodox evidence that proves her as God's Church on earth. Otherwise, I am clueless as to this evidence on CAF that had many Eastern and Roman Catholics converting to Eastern Orthodoxy.

In Jesus Christ,




Hi Magic,

I'll let Mickey answer for himself, but I'd just say that I personally know of 2 people who came home to Holy Orthodoxy while on CAF--me, and Mickey.  I would imagine that from their point of view that's 3 too many--and the 2 of us are just the ones I have personal knowledge of.

As for your challenge to Mickey, I think that if you search this site and do all the same research and questioning that he and I and many others have done with an open mind and open heart, you might just find that Orthodoxy is, as you say, God's church on earth. 

Many blessings,
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« Reply #727 on: November 27, 2007, 06:49:06 PM »

Aside from the moral issues of her choice of showing a person with a false status one has to wonder a little about the legalities.  Therese Martin is claiming that people who are not in fact members of her Forum are members.   Is she able to lie in this way about non-members?

To put it into two syllable words:

Fr Ambrose is not a member of CAF
Therese Martin is claiming that Fr Ambrose is a member and she is listing him on her Forum as such.

Some of us who are not CAF members, myself included, have asked her NOT to show us as members.  One would think that she has an obligation to respond to our demands on this matter and not list us as members.

Her continuance is this falsehood has also led to some harrassment - I have been accused by CAF members of lying about being banned. I have been told that I am trying to make CAF look bad.  This becomes stressful.









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Hi Fr. Ambrose,
It probably wouldn't get you very far, but you might try emailing either Therese or one of the other boffins there, explaining that very situation.  Other than that, I seriously doubt if anyone has any legal recourse with them.  But what do I know?

They are what they are, and have proved themselves to be just that--unfortunately.

Frankly, I don't think they really care how much stress they have caused to you or anyone else.  The nature of that particular beast.

I can only say that one day they, like the rest of us,  will have to answer to God for their despicable actions.  Lord have mercy.

In Christ,
Jeff
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« Reply #728 on: November 27, 2007, 07:01:51 PM »

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I can sympathize with you as a fellow bannee and I think that some of the CAF employees have acted, and are still acting, abominably.  BUT don't allow it to effect you to the point of making you ill.  The best way to deal with it is to summon up our spiritual reserves and pray for the people responsible.  "Pray for those who deal with you despitefully"  - good religious advice and good psychological advice and it will take the knot away from your stomach.   So, all of us here who have been cast out of CAF -- let's form a chain of prayer for those who have dealt with us wrongly.


Fr Ambrose

I did that and then got a nervous tick in my right eye! Contemplation of Gethsemane and sleep has helped that though. You see I think its because I am not so sure they dealt with me wrongly as I contemplate forgiveness, reconciliation and the absolutism of the consequences of my comment that got me banned. Though I may have broke a rule I didn't recognize when I did it and I understand that sometimes there is no excuse for ignorance of the law, somehow I see their action as just as uncharitable as was my comment that broke the rule. Perhaps even more so because its a culpable decision where by mine was accidental. I cannot reconcile what those who I respected have done that feels so contrary to Christian mercy other than to unite my resolve with heaven in a prayer of Amen so be it! and Lord that I may see! Such absolutes I have a hard time with personally. Its as if being cast into a hell or purgatory on earth by fallible beings. The appeal is over and crying is of no use. Am I to believe if I fail to do my best all the time and make an in-advertant mistake God himself would act like this at my final judgement? Am I required to be perfect in this world to gain heaven? I am very confused by this action of CAF and the hypocrisy of it all. I have seen the pride in myself and realized how my upbringing has contributed but am I culpable of some sin? Is my lack of charity a sin? Just when I think I have put my finger on what I am to learn from this banning it starts to eat at me yet again. I have seen mention of dusting off my feet and I have done that before with others but how can you do that when its someone you love? Again the Garden comes to mind and I find no choice but to say Amen so be it!

Thanks for your reply Fr. A, I appreciate it and it helps.

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« Reply #729 on: November 27, 2007, 07:14:40 PM »

Rich, that has to be you,  Huh  - yes?

Thank you for the kind words. Long time no see, although I catch your occasional postings to the e-group. Hope all is well with you, my friend.

Many years,

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« Reply #730 on: November 27, 2007, 08:46:19 PM »

Allow me to read between the lines and answer as if I were a CAF moderator:

Dear Jeff,

Thank you for your correspondence. Many Roman and Eastern Catholics were converting to Holy Orthodoxy based on the truth and the strength of the Orthodox position. Furthermore, those Roman and Eastern Catholics who did not convert, were complaining bitterly because they could not gain an advantage in any of the debates. There was no choice but to ban everyone wholesale.

Peace and blessings,
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« Reply #731 on: November 27, 2007, 08:47:55 PM »

Hello,

Perhaps we should post this on the forum homepage:



Hay, I resemble that remark Tongue
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« Reply #732 on: November 27, 2007, 08:51:17 PM »

Hello,

Hay, I resemble that remark Tongue

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« Reply #733 on: November 27, 2007, 08:58:47 PM »

Hi Neil,

As soon as I was banned, without knowing what sock-puppetry even was, and with no intent to deceive or circumvent, I tried re-registering using a different username and password.  Bear in mind, that I didn't even know why I had been banned because the message I got said my account had been frozen at user's request.  Not unreasonably, I believe, I thought that I was the user and I certainly never requested to have my account frozen.  Well, almost immediately after I re-registered, that account was also frozen, the reason being "circumvention".  Go figure, eh?

So, here I am, playing on a much nicer, cleaner island with far fewer man-eating sharks circling in the surf  Grin.

God bless,
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They have the IP address of the computer you have used on your banned account. If you use a different computer and different names you can get on. The problem is that there is not much there now worth the effort.

I always liked Sherry Lewis the puppeteer and Lamb Chop her sock puppet..... She passed a few years ago...Rest in Peace...sniff
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« Reply #734 on: November 27, 2007, 09:32:11 PM »

They have the IP address of the computer you have used on your banned account. If you use a different computer and different names you can get on. The problem is that there is not much there now worth the effort.

I always liked Sherry Lewis the puppeteer and Lamb Chop her sock puppet..... She passed a few years ago...Rest in Peace...sniff

You could always just use Tor http://www.torproject.org/ (or any other, even substantially less secure, proxy) that way you get a different anonymous IP each time you log on. Wink
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« Reply #735 on: November 28, 2007, 01:13:52 AM »

Allow me to read between the lines and answer as if I were a CAF moderator:

Dear Jeff,

Thank you for your correspondence. Many Roman and Eastern Catholics were converting to Holy Orthodoxy based on the truth and the strength of the Orthodox position. Furthermore, those Roman and Eastern Catholics who did not convert, were complaining bitterly because they could not gain an advantage in any of the debates. There was no choice but to ban everyone wholesale.

Peace and blessings,
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That's funny.... Cheesy

You know when this first happened I took the CAF staff at their word, that they wanted to promote discussion on Eastern Catholicism in particular. But, after seeing the way they have behaved over the past couple of weeks I'm starting to believe that you may not be far form the truth.

Given, all of us would have been angry and upset for a while but eventually everyone would have settled in at the NCR forum. But instead of letting that happen they started summarily banning people for at least in my case no reason that I can figure out.

Well you know the old saying, if you can't beat them........ban them.

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« Reply #736 on: November 28, 2007, 01:39:40 AM »

Allow me to read between the lines and answer as if I were a CAF moderator:

Dear Jeff,

Thank you for your correspondence. Many Roman and Eastern Catholics were converting to Holy Orthodoxy based on the truth and the strength of the Orthodox position. Furthermore, those Roman and Eastern Catholics who did not convert, were complaining bitterly because they could not gain an advantage in any of the debates. There was no choice but to ban everyone wholesale.

Peace and blessings,
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« Reply #737 on: November 28, 2007, 01:42:18 AM »

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As soon as I was banned, without knowing what sock-puppetry even was, and with no intent to deceive or circumvent, I tried re-registering using a different username and password.  Bear in mind, that I didn't even know why I had been banned because the message I got said my account had been frozen at user's request.  Not unreasonably, I believe, I thought that I was the user and I certainly never requested to have my account frozen.  Well, almost immediately after I re-registered, that account was also frozen, the reason being "circumvention".  Go figure, eh?

Jeff,

I didn't mean to imply that re-registration would fly if it were not done for purposes of sock-puppetry. Re-registration for purposes of circumventing a ban is a separate issue and, IIRC, is also the subject of a rule under the Banned Topic List there.

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« Reply #738 on: November 28, 2007, 01:46:05 AM »

Dear Mickey,
Being a Catholic Answers Forum, we cannot tolerate free and open discussion between Catholics and non-Catholics.  No questions allowed, as they may threaten us theologically.  Therefore, only answers of a Roman Catholic nature will be discussed.  Any violation or perceived violation of this policy will result in immediate and permanent banning.

We hope you will enjoy your experience with us.

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« Reply #739 on: November 28, 2007, 02:45:16 AM »

I just don't visit there anymore...shake the sand from yer shoes, sneakers, boots, sandals etc and move on
I don't go to the CAF EC forum anymore either, because I cannot in good conscience post in a forum that presents a "Latinized" view of the faith as normative for the Eastern Catholic Churches.
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« Reply #740 on: November 28, 2007, 02:53:00 AM »

I don't go to the CAF EC forum anymore either, because I cannot in good conscience post in a forum that presents a "Latinized" view of the faith as normative for the Eastern Catholic Churches.

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« Reply #741 on: November 28, 2007, 09:56:14 AM »

Mickey,

Before you left the Catholic Church, I don't remember this level of sarcasm or mockery, or (IMO) false implications emanating from your posts.

If you want to prove your point, start a new thread, and floor me with the Orthodox evidence that proves her as God's Church on earth. Otherwise, I am clueless as to this evidence on CAF that had many Eastern and Roman Catholics converting to Eastern Orthodoxy.

Dear MS,

Mockery is a harsh and accusatory word to use.  Sarcasm? Hmmm? Surely you witnessed the wholesale banning of everyone Orthodox. My comment was posted tongue-in-cheek, but is it really that far from the truth? We were not born yesterday.  There was  a very intentional action to purge CA of the Orthodox "element".

Furthermore, if you were not floored with the wonderful treasury of Orthodox witness, patristic quotes, Scriptural references, canons, historical references, etc...then there is not much I am going to tell you. I would refer you to the archives, but it was purged also.

I have been Roman Catholic.
I have been Eastern Catholic.
But there is great joy to know that I have finally entered the loving embrace of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church--the Orthodox Church.

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« Reply #743 on: November 28, 2007, 10:19:20 AM »

Dear MS,

Mockery is a harsh and accusatory word to use.  Sarcasm? Hmmm? Surely you witnessed the wholesale banning of everyone Orthodox. My comment was posted tongue-in-cheek, but is it really that far from the truth? We were not born yesterday.  There was  a very intentional action to purge CA of the Orthodox "element".

You'll see it if you want to. Now that many posters are boasting of being banned, it is getting easier to see why it happened.

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Furthermore, if you were not floored with the wonderful treasury of Orthodox witness, patristic quotes, Scriptural references, canons, historical references, etc...then there is not much I am going to tell you. I would refer you to the archives, but it was purged also.

But there should be. As far as I saw, 3-6 months back, all my investigations into Orthodox teaching and practice were met with responses that evaded the question, or started begrudging some practice or other of the Catholic Church. More often than not, responses were littered with derogatory comments towards Catholic saints and clergy.

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Peace,
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Yet, this joy seems absent from many of your posts.

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« Reply #744 on: November 28, 2007, 10:43:16 AM »

You'll see it if you want to. Now that many posters are boasting of being banned, it is getting easier to see why it happened.

Boasting?

But there should be. As far as I saw, 3-6 months back, all my investigations into Orthodox teaching and practice were met with responses that evaded the question, or started begrudging some practice or other of the Catholic Church. More often than not, responses were littered with derogatory comments towards Catholic saints and clergy.

Interesting perspective. I saw no evasion. I saw direct and truthful responses.

Yet, this joy seems absent from many of your posts.

How so? Because you do not agree with me?  The absence of joy usually translates to a lack of charity and bitterness. Perhaps I should have been banned also? I will tell you something magicsilence: When I was in communion with Rome, I relentlessly attacked the Orthodox on CAF. At times I was uncharitable and disrespectful. I have asked forgiveness from my Orthodox brothers and sisters. I heard no complaints from the Roman Catholics about my "absence of joy" at this time. Through much prayer and discernment, the truth was able to permeate my soul and I was led by the Holy Spirit to the Holy Orthodox Church. Now I defend Her to the best of my ability and I am attacked by Roman Catholics as having "an absence of joy".

Nevertheless, if I have ever offended or attacked you in any of my posts, I ask for your forgiveness.

Many years,
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« Reply #745 on: November 28, 2007, 10:47:31 AM »

Yet, this joy seems absent from many of your posts.
This is extremely subjective.  How does one measure "joy" in a post at an internet forum?

I read (and participated in) the old EC forum at Catholic Answers for many years, and although some posts on both sides could be termed "polemical," overall the posts were simply informative.
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« Reply #746 on: November 28, 2007, 10:50:40 AM »

. . . all my investigations into Orthodox teaching and practice were met with responses that evaded the question . . .
Some of the answers that you judged to be evasive, in my opinion, were not; instead, they were often simply an answer that you did not want to hear, and did not agree with.
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« Reply #747 on: November 28, 2007, 11:09:24 AM »

it is getting easier to see why it happened.
Pardon?
Look Magicsilence, I don't give a toss what anyone believes or where their allegences lie. My best friend in the whole world is Jewish for heaven's sake! I don't care that you're Catholic. People are people no matter what their Creed. It would make no difference to me if the moderators and administrators of CAF were Zoroastrian or even Orthodox- I would still consider it an affront to human dignity that an archive of knowledge built over years should be just wiped out in a single stroke.
So try as you may, you will never convince me of the "justness" of the stunt pulled by CAF in destroying an archive.
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« Reply #748 on: November 28, 2007, 11:17:29 AM »

Some of the answers that you judged to be evasive, in my opinion, were not; instead, they were often simply an answer that you did not want to hear, and did not agree with.

Apotheoun, your own position on  this subject, is to me, a little confusing.

However, if I ask 'Why is the Orthodox position on 'x' like this?', I wouldn't normally expect an answer that follows the lines of 'Well, the Catholic Church's position on 'x' & 'y' is like this or that, so question solved'.

If the archive were open, I would happily delve in to bring back examples.

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« Reply #749 on: November 28, 2007, 11:18:41 AM »

This is extremely subjective.  How does one measure "joy" in a post at an internet forum?

I read (and participated in) the old EC forum at Catholic Answers for many years, and although some posts on both sides could be termed "polemical," overall the posts were simply informative.

Subjective or not, it is the only means by which we communicate. Would you care to level the same criticism at the Gospel of St John, or St Mark?
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« Reply #750 on: November 28, 2007, 11:26:15 AM »


Interesting perspective. I saw no evasion. I saw direct and truthful responses.

And so we each justify our position.

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How so? Because you do not agree with me?  The absence of joy usually translates to a lack of charity and bitterness. Perhaps I should have been banned also? I will tell you something magicsilence: When I was in communion with Rome, I relentlessly attacked the Orthodox on CAF. At times I was uncharitable and disrespectful. I have asked forgiveness from my Orthodox brothers and sisters. I heard no complaints from the Roman Catholics about my "absence of joy" at this time.

If you heard none directly, then perhaps your zeal was not as ruthless as you imagine. I personally do not dialogue with anyone who shows a lack of discernment or honest zeal for the Truth, Catholic or Orthodox, because experience has shown me it has no effect.

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Through much prayer and discernment, the truth was able to permeate my soul and I was led by the Holy Spirit to the Holy Orthodox Church. Now I defend Her to the best of my ability and I am attacked by Roman Catholics as having "an absence of joy".

Then please elaborate how your previous post was a defense of the Orthodox Church, and not a sarcastic dig at the CAF moderators. I am honestly hurt that you could post something like that, completely irrespective of your spiritual history.

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The only offense I perceived was a loss of charity, and it is not for me to forgive.

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« Reply #751 on: November 28, 2007, 11:41:19 AM »

Mickey,

Before you left the Catholic Church, I don't remember this level of sarcasm or mockery, or (IMO) false implications emanating from your posts.

If you want to prove your point, start a new thread, and floor me with the Orthodox evidence that proves her as God's Church on earth. Otherwise, I am clueless as to this evidence on CAF that had many Eastern and Roman Catholics converting to Eastern Orthodoxy.

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« Reply #752 on: November 28, 2007, 11:42:33 AM »

Then please elaborate how your previous post was a defense of the Orthodox Church, and not a sarcastic dig at the CAF moderators. I am honestly hurt that you could post something like that, completely irrespective of your spiritual history.
Are you serious?

About 90% (or more) of the Orthodox posters were banned for no valid reason. Some of these posters were long time members with thousands of posts to their names. The word "banned" was not placed under many of their names to "protect their dignity"!!!  The vast archive of posts was wiped out in the blink of an eye!  The former moderator (Joe) is missing in action (fired, retired ??).  Orthodoxy is a taboo subject in the Eastern Catholic forum. Orthodoxy has been deemed "non-Catholic".

If you care to continue to accuse people of having a lack of charity, perhaps you should think about these issues in your free time.

No. It was not a sarcastic dig at the CAF moderators.  It was a legitimate evaluation based on their actions.

Surely you are not that naive!?!
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« Reply #753 on: November 28, 2007, 11:44:19 AM »

If the archive were open, I would happily delve in to bring back examples.

"If" indeed.  Wink

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« Reply #754 on: November 28, 2007, 11:45:58 AM »

The only offense I perceived was a loss of charity, and it is not for me to forgive.
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« Reply #755 on: November 28, 2007, 11:49:35 AM »

The only offense I perceived was a loss of charity

Perhaps you can meditate about that the next time you are about to tell strangers that their writings are "absent of joy".  Embarrassed

.........Unless of course you are a reader of hearts.
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« Reply #756 on: November 28, 2007, 12:08:10 PM »

Pardon?
Look Magicsilence, I don't give a toss what anyone believes or where their allegences lie.

I don't share the same indifference, but I understand your point.

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Firstly, it has not been wiped out. For the time being, access has been restricted.

Secondly, there were many threads in that archive that served only to breed hatred, and lacked any real semblance of honest scholarship.

Thirdly, I was under the impression that it was moderator action surrounding bannings that was the issue at hand?

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So try as you may, you will never convince me of the "justness" of the stunt pulled by CAF in destroying an archive.

As detailed above, it is not destroyed.

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« Reply #757 on: November 28, 2007, 12:24:00 PM »

Are you serious?

About 90% (or more) of the Orthodox posters were banned for no valid reason. Some of these posters were long time members with thousands of posts to their names. The word "banned" was not placed under many of their names to "protect their dignity"!!!  The vast archive of posts was wiped out in the blink of an eye!  The former moderator (Joe) is missing in action (fired, retired ??).  Orthodoxy is a taboo subject in the Eastern Catholic forum. Orthodoxy has been deemed "non-Catholic".

If you care to continue to accuse people of having a lack of charity, perhaps you should think about these issues in your free time.

No. It was not a sarcastic dig at the CAF moderators.  It was a legitimate evaluation based on their actions.

Surely you are not that naive!?!

Mickey,

I am sorry I started this debate, for accusing you of having a lack of charity, or questioning your motives. I see I have fallen into the trap of triumphantly expressing my point with no thought to charity myself.

Somehow, being in an Orthodox forum puts one on the defensive.

I will watch my own tone (& posts) in the future.

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« Reply #758 on: November 28, 2007, 12:25:47 PM »

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Firstly, it has not been wiped out. For the time being, access has been restricted.


From my conversations with the Mod - even she could not get access to that Archive !!
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« Reply #759 on: November 28, 2007, 12:29:58 PM »

Firstly, it has not been wiped out. For the time being, access has been restricted.
We quibble over terms!
"We haven't burned the Library of Alexandria, we have merely encased it in 20 feet of concrete."

Secondly, there were many threads in that archive that served only to breed hatred, and lacked any real semblance of honest scholarship.
I only have your word for that now, don't I ? I'll never know the truth.
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« Reply #760 on: November 28, 2007, 12:58:23 PM »

Subjective or not, it is the only means by which we communicate. Would you care to level the same criticism at the Gospel of St John, or St Mark?
I have leveled no criticism at any "text"; instead, I have criticized your negative appraisal of the majority of posts written at the old EC forum.
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Somehow, being in an Orthodox forum puts one on the defensive.

I will watch my own tone (& posts) in the future.

In Jesus Christ,

Hi Magic,

You're onto something there. Bear in mind that the reverse situation also applies/applied. I haven't really noticed any real lack of charity in the discussions on the former EC board - bickering, almost familial in warmth, yes, at times, on both sides - but what you may have disliked in the posts of the Orthodox may have simply been a consequence of us being in the same situation you are in now, 'on the defensive'.

Also, the ethnic cultures of prevalently Orthodox countries, (mostly Slavic or Balkan or both), which tend to influence even Western converts, are very ... outspoken? I'm a Serb and everyone here speaks their mind all the time, especially about politics, religion and other public matters. People shout at each other in disagreement and remain close friends and loving family. Maybe this is the reason I've never noticed anything really uncharitable on CAF - this kind of discourse is mild compared to what I'm used to.  Grin

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I wish you were right. Take another look at the 'answer' given to a CAF member who inquired about them. They say the old threads are gone while they prune them for archive material to be used on the new Eastern Catholicism board - i.e. Orthodox thread and posts will be gone. Sigh.  Cry

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« Reply #762 on: November 28, 2007, 01:58:05 PM »

We quibble over terms!
"We haven't burned the Library of Alexandria, we have merely encased it in 20 feet of concrete."
I only have your word for that now, don't I ? I'll never know the truth.


I'm onto the mods at CAF, to see what is happening.
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Somehow, being in an Orthodox forum puts one on the defensive.

I will watch my own tone (& posts) in the future.

Somehow the irony of these statements goes beyond description.
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« Reply #764 on: November 28, 2007, 03:00:54 PM »

They don't bother me none...they think I'm loopy crazy

I fooled thems...

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