A Blogger’s Dilemma
People of all sorts write comments on this blog. I do not, nor will I ever, Duck Duck Go around to see what else they write on the Internet with the same nickname.
Some of them may, then, have a knack for questionable content. Do they go around spreading, say, Antisemitism, Sedevacantism, or whatever other stupid “ism”? How does this affect me?
If someone writes reasonable – perhaps not approved, but still sane – comments on this blog and then proceeds to get into a synagogue with an Uzi and make a massacre, am I to blame? I would say, he is to blame. I can’t check the mental sanity of those who at least do not appear mad. If they seem unstable or professional pains in the neck already in my combox I will not publish their comment in the first place.
And then there is another matter.
When one converts to Catholicism, who knows how much anti-Catholic rubbish might be around, written by him whilst still very confused? Shall I make this kind of enquiry? Would I want to? If I do it for Titius, why not for Caius?
Then there is more.
Let’s say one is still a Sedevacantist, but he feels attracted to my blog. He writes comments that cannot be questioned in that respect. He gets to know the blog, and Catholicism with it. Slowly, he gets to see the light. I have, I am pleased to say, converted a couple already. It may work. Or not, as the case may be. But should I leave anyone out?
I will reflect on this in the coming weeks. For the moment, the policy is that I will not put my nose in whatever else you say around, if what you write in my blog is at least reasonable. If you give me reason to think you a nutcase I will can you (or ban you) without hesitation and without further enquiries. You are welcome to comment here even if you are in the midst of some strange process of growth, because I would want to be a part of Providence’s work to lead you to the fold. But in no way I will tolerate comments that will confuse the other readers, or engender the impression that this here is a place that the wrong people can use as a megaphone for wrong ideas.
This blog exists to strengthen Catholics in the faith, and convert non-Catholics to it. I will not enquire even as to where you are now. But what you write here had better have solidly Catholic hands and feet, or you are better off lurking.
I think this strikes a good compromise. This blog also exists to bring people in, and I think this includes some leeway to take account of the confusion of our times.
Still: if you discover yourself still influenced by your thinking, by superstitions, by strange beliefs, by everything that is not Catholic tradition: let it go. A reader of this blog must face the simple fact that Catholicism has all the truth, and all the answers.
Purify yourself of the toxins of your old life. Embrace life in truth.