Yes…the members tossed into the eternal darkness of banishment…I don’t know how many members have been banned over the years, but a couple weeks ago I was copying some old threads just in case they disappeared, and it seemed like every other person on the thread had “banned” below his/her name. If you do a Google search under “Catholic Answers + banned” you come up with 226,000 hits. There are actually warnings on other Catholic web sites. I understand the need for civility and respect, but these are pretty subjective qualities. If you’re going to allow controversial topics, and esp. political topics, it seems to me you’re inviting people with rather strong opinions to oppose each other, and you shouldn’t be shocked that they tend to have extreme opinions–on both sides. I wish there were more explicit rules (a lot of newspaper comments sections have them–if your comment contains certain words, it highlights the word and forces you to change it before posting) or the moderators were more lenient–perhaps inviting a poster to re-word a comment before banning them. I also understand that criticism of individual priests, bishops, and parishes is–and should be–out of bounds. But moderators also seem very touchy about general criticisms of priests, bishops, and parishes, even when they’re not named.