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  • It is understandable that they feel strongly about the positions, but if they wish to remain in full union with those in the Church who do not share their views, which is, arguably, the vast majority of the current Roman Catholic Church, they need to tone down their rhetoric, in my opinion
  • There was recently an interesting thread from a Muslim on his views of Pauline Christianity, and a healthy (for the most part) debate ensued concerned the validity of Paul and his influence on the Faith

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      I have frequented the Catholic Forums on Catholic.com’s message board section (http://forums.catholic.com/) for some time now, and have found them to be a worthy place online to discuss the Roman Catholic faith with others. I particularly enjoy the fact that they have sections where you can debate the Faith with those of other religions, as well as a section for discussion on “Traditional Catholicism,” or those who seem to, for reasons beyond me, still have issues with Vatican II reforms.

      The Traditional Catholic forum, that being said, can be a bit uncharitable and downright un-Christian,


      at times. The traditionalists there tend to have very strong, sometimes fiery and vitriolic opinions concerning the Vatican II reforms to the liturgy, in particular. They often will defend such fringe groups as the Society of St. Pius X, or SSPX, which rides the line of acceptability in terms of full communion with the Faith, as only recently were excommunications on SSPX bishops lifted. In general, however, I welcome debate with these traditionalist types, I just do not appreciate how hostile they can be. It is understandable that they feel strongly about the positions,

      • but if they wish to remain in full union with those in the Church who do not share their views, which is, arguably, the vast majority of the current Roman Catholic Church, they need to tone down their rhetoric, in my opinion.

        The section concerning other faiths can also get a bit uncharitable, with insults towards other religions being thrown out by impulsive Catholic.com posters. However, at its best, this part of the forums promotes healthy dialogue. There was recently an interesting thread from a Muslim on his views of “Pauline” Christianity, and a healthy

        (for the most part) debate ensued concerned the validity of Paul and his influence on the Faith. I find that these sorts of discussions strengthen my own ability to understand the Faith, and more fully explain it to my non-Catholic friends and family.

        In short, the Catholic forums and http://forums.catholic.com/ are the most populated of all Catholic discussion forums on the internet. If you are not interested in any other aspect of them, I particularly would encourage everyone, Catholic and non-Catholic, to visit the Prayer Intentions board, where many of us pray for each other.




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