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Civility

February 10th, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

I just wanted to make a quick comment about civility. We have twice now been contacted by persons who claims that a reader of the site has sent a threatening e-mail wherein they make a reference to Cleansing Fire. Now, I don’t know for certain whether these are truly loyal readers with a few screws loose or lacking in maturity, or if it is someone who just wishes to give us a bad name by pretending to be an overzealous orthodox Catholic. Regardless, I ask you to think twice before you write an e-mail voicing your concerns to someone involved with the Diocese of Rochester if you can not do so in a civil matter. What do I mean? If you are going to make statements like “I know where you live” or something idiotic along those lines, then perhaps it’s best not to send an e-mail. When you write about a concern in this diocese to the DoR or related organization, please try to be respectful. State your concern, do it civilly, and pray afterward that God’s will be done. Don’t try to coerce with threatening letters, profanity, or condemnations of a person’s soul to the fires of Hell. Instead, try to work for positive change by writing positive, thoughtful, intelligent letters with Church documentation.

I trust that I will not have to post on this topic again. Think before you e-mail/write a letter/leave a phone call.

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8 Responses to “Civility”

  1. avatar Thinkling says:

    To DoR: “Without Truth, Charity degenerates into sentimentality” – Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate [3]

    To dear readers and friends: “If I speak with the tongues of man, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal” – St. Paul (1Cor13:1)

  2. avatar Eliza10 says:

    I haven’t seen anyone write here that looks like they could write a threatening email like that. We already know that the things we ask of the DOR are going to be simply ignored, so we write here rather than waste our time writing them. We all have our eyes on the ticker — only 519 more days, and we arent’ expecting any changes but bad ones until then.

    I think this is a trick by some passive aggressive person who is frustrated that their reign is coming to an end, and that the pipe dreams fed to them by the DOR are never coming to fruition, in order to demonize those not with their agenda.

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    And how do you know things will be any different under a new Bishop? There is no proof. What if Rome sends us someone who follows Clarks policies and leadership style? Then what will you do?

  4. avatar Dr. K says:

    What if Rome sends us someone who follows Clarks policies and leadership style?

    Highly unlikely.

  5. avatar Anonymous says:

    And how do you know it is “highly unlikely”

  6. avatar Abaccio says:

    Because we’ve kept an eye on each of the bishops Pope Benedict has appointed in the past almost 6 years. They fit a distinct mold.

  7. avatar Dr. K says:

    They fit a distinct mold.

    Mostly. Even at the worst, they are a significant upgrade over what we have.

  8. avatar Eliza10 says:

    Yes, its that, and also this:

    In his 1990 Redemptoris Missio, John Paul II wrote: “As the third millennium of the redemption draws near, God is preparing a great springtime for Christianity, and we can already see its first signs.”

    We’re at the end of a long and frigid winter in Rochester, but we are waiting in joyful expectation for that New Springtime prophesied above.


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