Our last topic, the Church and the Rule of Law, was the occasion of some ill-tempered bickering – in which more than one person was involved. I was saddened by this, and indeed one contributor – concerned for the good name of the Blog, suggested that I should close the thread. Without question it damaged an important discussion.
The purpose of the Blog is to provide a forum for courteous and thoughtful discussion, focussed on the topic proposed, or its legitimate ramifications.
I have had to consider the possibility of closing the Blog altogether. I have no intention of presiding over a forum which could bring the Catholic name – and indeed my, and the Catholic Herald’s name – into disrepute. However I will take the provisional measure of simply trashing contributions which damage discussion. But I really should not have to do this.
You may express any view you wish about a topic or the view of any other contributor. But the rules of the Blog require you to do so courteously, to give your reasons and to eschew
personal remarks. If you feel that you have been insulted and are not able to ignore this, then email me and I will speak to the contributor concerned.