But the whacko sites shouldn't be given any credence. I'm not just talking about traditional RC sites like tradio. The web is full of whacko sites. I do research for a living and we have very strict rules about citing anything from the internet.
BTW, my own father always receives communion when he attends services at his sister's Episcopal church. He's also a democrat so I guess we can assume he's an "enemy of Christianity" too. Which is so funny given that he's the most Christian person I've ever known in my life. I was on the phone with him tonight and he got another call from their elderly neighbor. My dad visits all the old people in the neighborhood to check on them. He doesn't think anything about it. He doesn't think of it as 'charity,' he just does it. I've only known a few people in my life who really "loved" other people in the way we're commanded to do and my father is one of them.
But he receives communion at heretical services and voted for Bill Clinton so by all means, let's judge him. Let's sit back at our little computers and feel all smug because *we* follow the canons. *We* check republican on our ballots and by God that's the party of morality, I mean Michael Savage says so, right? No gay marriage for us, by God! What do we care about the tens of thousands of Iraqis killed? That's just inconvenient. Do their photos show up on Fox News? Michael Savage will assuage our conscience by demonizing those democrats. They're "evil," right? They're for gay marriage and abortion.
It's just all so freaking ridiculous!
What on earth are you talking about, Jennifer? Only your first paragraph has any relevance to the point I raised. I have no reason to believe or disbelieve your opinion of your father, and I don't care; he's not the issue. Your last paragraph is just a rant that, because you included it in a response to my point, I wonder whether it was directed at me as well. I don't know why I fall under your anathema, not being conscious of having demonstrated myself to be the kind of person you rail against, but again, I don't care. I have to wonder, however, why you are quick to correct people for pontificating their POV as, for example, "the [only true] Christian POV", but then pontificate your own POV as the only POV of intelligent, educated people.
Regarding my original point...
Whacko sites shouldn't be given any credence? I don't know. I'm not advocating citing such sites in research or for other similar purposes, but I don't think you should in all cases dismiss them without qualification. I've seen at least two examples of things cited on whacko sites which didn't receive much attention in the "normal sites" until later; simply because they appeared on whacko sites, they were dismissed, even though later they were demonstrated to be true. I think a great deal of discretion is needed when dealing with such sites, as well as time and patience (to further investigate the charge), but even a stopped clock is right twice a day. I don't think Kerry communing in a Protestant church is any less true because Traditio reported it, or because I couldn't immediately remember where I saw the picture in the more mainstream media, just as I don't immediately suspect you of lying in another thread about comments O'Reilly made regarding Vietnam just because you could not give the exact day on which you heard it and because you don't share his political POV; discretion, time, and patience.
Of course, what defines "whacko" and "mainstream" is another issue altogether, but I'm not interested in getting into that.