Condolences on the passing away of the Holy Father, and may you be blessed with a successor as towering as him.
Amma ba’d, as the Arabs write in their letters—to the matter itself:
First, in the thread Women In the Priesthood, I expressed a desire that the Catholic Church should change its stance on the ordination of women, and said it was quite a possible thing to take place. That was disrespectful on my part. It was disrespectful of the Tradition of other people, and I apologise for that. Now, I still don’t like the idea that people are barred from the priesthood on a sexual basis; yet I agree that that is how the Catholic Church works, and that changing it would nullify the very Catholic Church itself. If anyone is displeased with that state of affairs, they can only look elsewhere, not reform the Catholic Church. Every religion has some core features which, if changed, the religion ceases to be what it has essentially been. I did not appreciate that when I participated in that thread, but now I do. So I apologise for my disrespect.
Secondly, in another thread, I expressed great anger at having my Gods called demons, and remarked that this (CA Forums) is an unholy place. Besides the ordinary questions (I mean: what else was I expecting on a Christian board?), I have to say that my reaction reflects more upon me than upon anything else. I should have dismissed it all with a shrug of the shoulders, thinking, “so they said that, so what?” And I would have dismissed it that way, and not burst into flame, if I were a calmer person at the time. But the fact is that it was a depressing and edging time for me, and it was very easy to put me off joint. I apologise for bursting into flame.
The main issue is that the Internet (I mean online life, I mean participation in an online board where no real-life activity can result from it) brings out the worst in me. I have to leave this board, just like all others except geographically local ones, in order to live a life, and more important, in order to talk less about my religion and practise more. So I have to say goodbye. But just know that I’m not leaving because of bad treatment here, but because of my own issues.
What if you have questions about Wicca and paganism? Then there is a Wiccan apologist who is much more capable than I am. He is Justin Eiler, and here is his profile on one of the boards. You can contact him through e-mail (on that linked page) or invite him here. Anyway, I guarantee he won’t exhibit such symptoms of disrespect or anger I did—he’s a calm and rational and, most important, an experienced person.
Goodbye Blessed be.