Those popes who bear the name, "Pius," are the greatest guardians of the Church against heresy. This blog is a watchdog for modernism in the Church. In reality, outside this blog, the members of the board temper their criticisms and opinions with prudence and charity so as to help souls in their journey towards Christ. But sometimes, for the sake of their own sanity, the authors of this blog just need to blow off some steam. The result is Totus Pius.

13 July 2006

Comments

In light of recent storms on comments, we would like to make public two things:

1) It is important to us that our readers comment, even when they conflict with our views.
2) We reserve the right to delete any post that crosses the line...crossing the line in our book involves personal attacks...such as on one's reputation in high school or physical appearance. The problem here is that many see certain things as uncharitable which aren't uncharitable, they're just true. An objective criticism of an idea, theory, work of art, book, or anything does not qualify as uncharitable. Unfounded guesses as to the disposition of the contributor's soul, DO QUALIFY. We have to have thick skin, but we won't tolerate someone using our comment board for ad hominem attacks.

So, as long as you're comment reflects some sort of intellgible point and is backed up by right reason, and refrains from unrestrained, unChristian, and irrational bull, we will allow it.

Bottom line:

Jerks are welcome. But irrational jerks beware.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...
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Papa Beatus Pius IX said...

Thanks, anonymous, for providing such a wonderful example!

From the deleted post:

ACCEPTABLE: "Beware of what? Not being able to comment on your blog...?"

WALKING THE THIN LINE: "Who cares? Or are you still pretending you personally have the power to remove people from the sight of God?"

UNACCEPTABLE: "When you die and stand before God, how exactly are you going to explain your attitude? Again, it's obvious that you don't really believe in a God who is actually superior to you. You only believe in the God you've created in your own image."

(All three parts of the deleted post have been shown here completely.)

Again, thanks for the wonderful example...it's so hard to describe what we meant abstractly!

And thanks for playing!

--The Popes Pius

Anonymous said...
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Papa Beatus Pius IX said...

Followup:

The third part was the cause for the entire deletion, not only because of its unnecessarily inflamatory flavor, but for its false character. The God we worship, honor, and defend is the God of Scripture and Tradition...we are still confused as to who anonymous thinks will be doing the judging...but we know it will be the one committed to truth and love...together.

We believe in God, that He is superior to us, and that we are created in His image...

What prompts me to believe that people reject that is NOT when they judge things according to an objective standard (such as architecture, philosophy, and any other thing or idea that can be known by reason alone), BUT when they judge people specifically...in particular when they judge what will happen to them on the Day of Judgment.

What is most funny here is that this blog does NOT judge people or hearts or anything which we cannot know. True, we judge theology, hence the "attack" on Protestants. True, we judge architecture, hence the "attack" on ugly buildings. True, we judge behavior, hence the "attack" on our commenters. We judge ideas, things, acts independent of their actors...which we are all allowed to do as RATIONAL BEINGS.

But not ONCE did we say that any PERSON was going to hell. You have implied that several times. And you are the one arguing for a more tolerant, judgment-free atmosphere. So dont tell US that WE dont recognize God's superiority.

Anonymous said...
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Papa Beatus Pius IX said...

[Quoted in part:]

At 7:47 AM, Anonymous said...

I never judged what will happen to you on the Day of Judgment.

I just reminded you that there will be one and that the cheap, smarmy, elitist mockery you've stooped to here will be one of the things you'll be held accountable for, as will be your pride.

You are not objectively criticizing architecture. There is nothing artistic, intelligent, thoughtful or charitable in that pathetic little post of yours. You keep trying to dress it up as some kind of high-minded, cultured criticism, but even a two-year old can see that it's just mean-spirited, petty mockery.

And playing at being popes is offensive. Pretending you've been called to sit in the chair of Peter by the Holy Spirit and that you have the powers that go along with that position is heretical...

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Anonymous said...

So happy I can provide you with the opportunity to pretend you're a real man for a minute and a half...

;-)

Anonymous said...

Perhaps if you hand "anonymous" some felt, burlap and some crazy glue, she will busy herself with banner making for her worship space...

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Papa Sanctus Pius V said...

May we add:

We will personally delete any comment with inappropriate sexual references.

Like that last one right above this comment which we just deleted.

It pains us that we should be forced to regulate comments as such.

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Anonymous said...

I cant believe a blog like this has to regulate comments as rank as those...

I cant believe your crudeness.

Popes, I am sorry you have to put up with such craziness and I thank you for your blog...

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum.

Jeffrey Smith said...

Maybe there's something about the name Pius (my confirmation name, by the way) that attracts the rage of the insecure.

Jason said...

Perhaps you should all just turn off anonymous comments - half of the people will stop posting, and the other half who use a display name, well, at least everyone can keep them straight.