Is the “News” Section being eliminated?
I realize that it gets contentious and for some, uncomfortable at times, and those who hate conflict and debate are concerned that the thread is hurtful to their soul and their faith.
I would say that those folks should avoid the News–any news! Nowadays, it’s ALL controversial! The U.S. is split fairly evenly between liberals and conservatives, and Catholics seem to be split along the same lines–and THAT"S OK! That’s what the U.S.A is all about–freedom of thought, speech, religion, assembly, etc.
As far as I’m concerned, the lively discussions on CAF are the best possible way to examine various issues in the news and arrive at a conclusion that is in keeping with the Catholic Church and also practical for our daily lives. I don’t get put off by the back and forth between liberal and conservative CAF members–I benefit from reading opinions that are different than mine!
And here’s the Big Thing–I cannot GET this kind of discussion in my real life! It’s not going to happen at church–heavens, no! Church is for worship, Holy Communion, Bible study, prayer, charitable works–not for lively political debate that has the potential to drive members and inquirers away from the parish.
And I certainly can’t get this kind of discussion at work–it’s actually banned. We are not supposed to bring up political or religious topics during breaks or anytime, and we can get written up if we do. I think many workplaces have policies along these lines.
My family is pretty much solidly conservative, so I don’t get a “liberal” point of view from them.
As for public gathering places like restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, bars, etc.–well, first of all, bars are not a wise place to bring up controversial subjects! As for the other places–sometimes people start chatting, especially if I’m there because I’m not shy! BUT…most people have their heads buried in their phones nowadays. Sigh.
I realize that CAF moderators have to make sure that political threads don’t get violent or threatening or mean-spirited. But I wish that they would at least allow the News Section to continue–because it’s the best place to get a balanced discussion, along with lots of links to study. Also, it’s a good place to check in and make sure that my opinion is really in line with Church teaching.
Please consider these points and please bring back the News Section in all its liveliness. And maybe post a “Caution” to people who get upset by controversy and debate.