I joined only last week, and created a discussion entitled “is Mary more merciful than Jesus”, where I explained that I struggle to understand some seemingly contradictions in Catholic doctrine. The conversation grew within a few days, everyone was civil, and it was great to see so many people involved as we were trying to untie the problem. Then a moderator closed the threat two days ago without any explanation, although I thought it was supposed to close 14 days after the last post.
I am very sad to see that this is how Catholic Answers works. For so many of us, forums are the only way to ask very personal questions on the Catholic faith, discuss a peculiar problem thoroughly and speak openly about certain things. For many questions there are no official resources to go to. But even without breaking any rule, I can see that discussion is still not ok in Catholic circles, even for people of good will. If this is the way the Catholics work, then I think the Church shouldn’t be surprised to lose Her flock and should drop the idea of evangelising. If we can’t ask tough, sensitive questions, if you believe that everyone thinks exactly the way you do, and that, if the answer is obvious for you (or you don’t bother with those questions yourself), then it has to be the case for everyone else even if they don’t have your background, then yes, I think Catholic should stop pretending that they can use their brain and be involved in rational debates (since it is the purpose of Catholic Answers).
God bless all the people of good will in this forum, and many thanks to those who took the time to help me with this question (since I wasn’t given the opportunity to give one last reply to the thread I created). We didn’t have the time to go deep enough.