Friday, April 6, 2007

On comments and arguments...

While I enjoy blogging, it is not my life. My children were off school for Holy Thursday yesterday and we had a long doctor appointment with one child, stuck in traffic and I had an urgent business matter which took up the rest of the day. I don't feel I need to explain why I didn't publish a comment the same time as it came in. If it is a comment either against or to support what I believe, I need time to respond to it which yesterday I honestly did not. I had many comments come in yesterday and didn't have time to even post a new entry. For the record, I have posted all comments that have come in and some have been downright abusive in the past. I'm rather confused after months of blogging that this topic of parish life has touched such a sore spot for some. I love my Catholic faith and enjoy this blog. I find both positive and negative aspects of Catholic news and faith matters and address both in my entries. I also find it odd that the people who have such strong opinions against me here use a name with no profile or an anonymous name to comment. While I don't publish my name here I do have a lot that I put out there from my heart and people know where I am from and what I believe. I used to have comments un-moderated and had some nasty comments come through anonymously that were out of no where and just mean. If that hadn't happened this would be a moot point because the comments would go through immediately. I respect the opinion of everyone and even if we don't agree I hope at the end of the day we have such strong opinions because we love our faith and the Catholic Church.

5 comments:

Dave said...

I completely understand your situation and agree with you 100%. Your relationship with God and Jesus along with your family life take preference over any other relations or tasks. I love reading your blog and value your opinion and understand your stance on the issues. What I don't understand is why people are taking offense to you trying to teach your family the true meaning of the faith. I really feel sorry for them that they don't understand that the religion is to have a one-on-one relationship with God and not with the community first. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to disagree with you Dave, but the me and Jesus relationship you talk about is not Catholic. It is very Protestant. If a personal relationship with Jesus was all that is necessary then Jesus would never have founded His Church. I'm not saying we don't need a personal relationship with Jesus, of course we do. But the parish relationship is just as important.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Thorn, for rash judgment. I apologize for jumping to the conclusion that you were being selective in publishing comments that disagreed with you.

Anonymous said...

This blog has been fascinating to me... I am not Catholic, but Protestant, but still find this church/parish issue one that we all deal with in one way or another.

It is NOT truth to say that Protestants don't feel that it is important to be in a church body. Jesus was very clear on that point - we are His body, THE CHURCH, and apart from the chruch, it is impossible to be a part of the body. That said, if I can't be in agreement with my pastor, I should not submit to his teaching. I am not advocating church hopping - a critical spirit is evil and devisive. But, I can tell you if the pastor of my church, of which I've been a part of for 14 yrs, left, and his successor was not teaching scripturally, I would not stay, nor would I be bound to.

I'm not commenting on whether or not this priest is right or wrong, but only on the issue of parish/church loyalty. You do a disservice to the church if you are in disagreement and continue to stay anyway. If you can't receive the teaching because it goes against your beliefs, you should leave and find a place you CAN receive from.

Being that this blogger was loyal for so many years to this parish before the new priest, it would seem unlikely that they are a church hopper or harbor a critical spirit. I'm still baffled as to why people are determined to judge this blogger for their decision to leave a parish, a decision that seems to be quite difficult to make.

a thorn in the pew said...

I appreciate your insight and I have learned from you. Thank you for seeing that I am not a "church hopper". I think we all need to be led to the truth and the journey that God has for each of us as individuals. God bless!