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Old Sep 11, '10, 12:40 pm
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Exclamation Consolidated Stickies For the Apologetics Forum. READ THIS FIRST!

Just a reminder:
If your purpose in posting on any forum is to proselytize, your account will be closed.

Consider this applied throughout CAF as we do not exist to provide a platform for non-Catholics to evangelize our members away from their Catholic faith.
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Old Dec 28, '10, 5:31 pm
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Exclamation What to do about weird or controversial post/threads.

If a thread is too far out for you to handle, your best action is none at all.

Refusing to post on a thread is the surest way for it to be short lived, and it is probably the best way to send a charitable message to the OP.

However, the Catholic Answers Forums exists to provide a community for Catholics and non-Catholics of all levels of interest in and/or commitment to the Catholic Church to gather on the Internet for discussion in a safe and charitable environment. We do not require that members agree with the Catholic Church in order to participate; only that they remain charitable in their postings.

The members (Catholic or otherwise) are free to discuss issues of interest to them, even though some of those issues are not entirely in line with the Church's understanding of Catholicism.

We feel that by allowing discussion of issues of concern for Catholics and non-Catholics, we are not endorsing those issues that are contrary to Church teachings but allowing members to discuss those issues amongst themselves. Any member confused on a point of Church doctrine is welcome to submit a question to the Ask an Apologist forum or to contact Catholic Answers directly.

IF a thread violates any of the rules and guidelines found at this link then simply report it, () stating what rule it violates and we mods will happily deal with it.
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Old Jul 15, '11, 11:45 am
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Exclamation Emails from banned members

It has come to our attention that banned members, particularly those who have been on CAF for a long time and established personal contact with fellow members, sometimes will discuss their banning by email with those members who have become their personal friends.

The CAF mod/admin staff certainly respects the private communication between individuals as their personal business. Occasionally though, the banned member either asks the friend who remains a member in good standing to intercede with the CAF mod/admin staff on his behalf, or the friend feels sorry for the banned member's distress and approaches the CAF mod/admin staff on his or her own. When that happens, it puts CAF in a delicate position because, out of respect for the privacy of individuals, we cannot discuss a banned member's case with third parties. For this reason, we ask members not to approach the CAF mod/admin staff to intercede for a banned member. Instead, if you feel that the case needs to be reassessed, encourage the banned member to write to the Administrator at [email protected].


We do ask that you keep the following in mind if you are the recipient of emails from someone discussing his or her suspension/ban from CAF with you:We hope this information is helpful. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
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Old Apr 14, '12, 8:58 am
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Default MORATORIUM: Charismatic Movement

For the present I am placing a moratorium on discussing the Charismatic Movement. Thank you all for your participation in past discussions.
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Old Jun 26, '12, 1:34 pm
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Exclamation Moderation of threads in which a Catholic is doubting the faith or considering leaving the Church

Catholic Answers Forums exist for Catholics to dialogue with one another and become more knowledgeable in their faith. The Apologetics forum exists to provide a community for Catholics and to help both Catholics and non-Catholics better appreciate the Church's teachings.

After much thought, the moderation and administrative staff have decided
on an Apologetics forum policy not to allow discussions aimed at a particular individual who is considering leaving the Catholic Church because this is not an appropriate venue for resolving such problems. While well-intentioned, any advice could, potentially, be dangerous.

There is a clear-cut risk involved in accepting, relying, or acting on the expressed opinions of those who either lack relevant professional qualifications and credentials, or whose claims to such cannot be validated. Similarly, the experience or response of others in what appears to be a similar or identical set of circumstances is not an accurate measure of its applicability to someone else's situation.


People experiencing theological or spiritual problems that are affecting the well-being of their physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health should seek the counsel of their priests, confessors and/or spiritual directors who are known to them and have been entrusted with the care of their souls.


Also, CAF simply does not have sufficient moderation and administrative resources at this time to closely monitor all such threads. Catholic Answers does provide an avenue for pastoral support, Catholic answers to moral questions, and the prayers of our staff.
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Old Jul 25, '12, 10:41 am
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Exclamation Re: MORATORIUM: Charismatic Movement

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For the present I am placing a moratorium on discussing the Charismatic Movement. Thank you all for your participation in past discussions.
This moratorium is now in effect in both the Apologetics and Sacred Scripture forums as well.
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Old Apr 10, '13, 11:11 am
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Default Matters of conscience

I have noticed a number of posts that ask questions on matters of conscience. I would like to make everyone aware of the following.

1. Members should not ask posters to respond to questions on matters of conscience, especially if you're under the guidance of a spiritual director. Very few of our posters are qualified spiritual directors. Any response that you get is as good as a response to a medical question from a non medical person.

2. Unless a poster is trained in spiritual direction, he must limit his or her response to citing law, custom and tradition, without making any suggestions outside of that.

3. DO NOT contradict what a spiritual director may have told the poster in question.

4. Do not attempt to correct what you may perceive as a mistake on the part of the spiritual director. Remember that you're only hearing what the poster heard, not what the spiritual director said.

5. Remember that being a priest does not automatically qualify one to be a spiritual director. Some priests are trained in schools and others are trained on the job. Some spiritual directors are not priests. They may be deacons, sisters, brothers or laymen and women trained in the spiritual life.

Conclusion:

Because the guidance of conscience is such a delicate ministry, it is better to avoid doing so via the Internet. Limit your responses to quoting the rules. Refrain from contradicting the spiritual director or adviser. Refer the poster for a second opinion, if the person is not satisfied. He may have misunderstood the first time. Refrain from giving spiritual direction online, as it is not a proper venue for such.
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Old Jun 11, '13, 10:20 pm
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Default Re: Gossip

And then of course there's Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ and beloved St. James who get into all this in great detail.

Matthew 12:36
But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment.

Matthew 15:18
But the things which proceed out of the mouth, come forth from the heart, and those things defile a man.


James 1:[26] And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his own heart, this man' s religion is vain. [27] Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father, is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation: and to keep one' s self unspotted from this world.

And his chapters 2 and 3 carry on that same idea...
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Default Re: Concerning Gossip and Lack of Charity

I'm glad to find this posted as a stickie, and I commend all moderators who have the sensitivity and charity to post this much-needed warning.

I wonder if it ever occurred to those who shred the reputations of others, that there is a duty of restitution? Confession alone does not entirely remove this obligation. Maybe we're familiar with the story of a Saint/confessor (name?) who instructed a penitent to slit a down-filled pillow on a hillside and afterwards retrieve every single feather. Impossible! - was the reply.

Indeed. One never knows how far and wide our indulgences in this vicious pasttime are able to travel.

May God remind us Who is always the silent witness to our gossip, and how displeasing this sin is to Him.


From Therese Martin's consolidated stickies here:
  • Do I know the facts? If no, do not post.
  • Do I have an objectively valid reason to post it? These reasons would be very rare. If not, do not post.
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Old Sep 3, '13, 3:20 pm
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Default Be Advised: Forum Appropriate Topics

Lately there seems to have been a regular number of members who are posting threads that do not belong in this forum. (Apologetics)

Be advised that I will move or remove all such threads.

It is each member's responsibility to insure that the topic is posted in the correct forum.

The following guidelines have been in place for quite a long time.

Choosing Your Forum Wisely
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Post CDF directs clerics, faithful not to attend conferences favorable to Medjugorje [Fr. Z]

I don’t generally post much about Medjugorje, but this I must share.

The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith has directed that bishops be advised that
“clerics and the faithful are not permitted to participate in meetings, conferences or public celebrations during which the credibility of such ‘apparitions’ would be taken for granted.”



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Old Nov 6, '13, 11:30 am
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Exclamation Re: CDF directs clerics, faithful not to attend conferences favorable to Medjugorje [Fr. Z]

As such Medjugorje remains a banned topic here at CAF.
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