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Old 31st March 2010, 03:24 PM
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I'm considering making some changes to this group:

1. opening up the group to Catholics, even those that do not agree with all of the current 'required beliefs for membership'.

2. having another level of paid membership, perhaps $8/month

Comments or suggestions on this topic?
Non-members interested in commenting can e-mail me at:
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Old 31st March 2010, 03:36 PM
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1. opening up the group to Catholics, even those that do not agree with all of the current 'required beliefs for membership'.

Ron,

Would old members of this group that did not agree with the required beliefs be allowed to reintegrate our group?

Would you open this discussion group to non-Catholics also? (Protestants, Jewish and other religions) as longs as they respect our firm and unchangeable Faith besides our disagreements?
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Old 31st March 2010, 04:25 PM
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No, I would not open the group to non-Catholics.
Former members who were not banned, but who left the group because they did not agree with the required beliefs might be allowed back in, on a case by case basis.
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Old 31st March 2010, 04:55 PM
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I don't think it would be a good idea to open the group up to members who do not agree with your rules. This opens up all sorts of dialogue about whether the catholic faith is correct or not, which currently can be found on every other message board out there.

You separate yourself from the common message board by keeping these rules in place, and in effect, have greatly assisted with many to learn our faith better.

If the board does get opened up, then I think you should be prepared for either the tone of the board to change, or an increased level of effort on your behalf to administrate the site and it's content.
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Old 31st March 2010, 05:07 PM
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I also agree in a sense with Js1975; however, Christ was among sinners and unbelievers also, not to approve of their faults, but to correct them.

I think this is a decision that may take some time and prayers to discern and decide.
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Old 31st March 2010, 05:42 PM
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This forum in its present configuration will fall off the face of the planet
if the Warning does not occur this Good Friday.

If the Warning does occur as expected, then this forum will gain some notoriety and the membership ranks here will swell.

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Old 31st March 2010, 07:46 PM
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I would consider opening this site up to those with beliefs outside the existing required set to be ill advised. This is a safe haven as it exists.
I believe it would be a distraction and a poor use of our time.

As to the level of paid membership I am ok with that.
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Old 31st March 2010, 08:19 PM
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I think the policy that members should come here to learn the Catholic Faith, with a student mind (not to come here as to teach) should always remain in force whether members who do not agree with the 'required beliefs' come in or not.

Now, would there be a way to identify the members who agree with the beliefs and those who don't?
(We know that all who are currently here do agree).

For example, next to a person's profile would say something like:

Name
member-agree with required beliefs

and other member

Name
member- do not agree with required beliefs

(Just thinking the possibilities, nothing concrete).

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Old 31st March 2010, 09:17 PM
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I believe that giving access to the forum for members that do not agree on the current required beliefs for membership will do more harm than good, because it will make the forum in constant useless debates and will make the majority of Ron's posts as answers/explanations to their objections that will lead to nowhere therafter, aside from taking Ron's time for answering insightful questions/topics that do not extend to outside true catholic teachings boundaries.

Ron, you do not have to prove anything to anybody, you writings are in perfect confirmity with the true and genuine teaching of the catholic church, you should continue your valuable work so that faithfuls grow in their faith without giving too much room for skeptics to show up.

It was just my small thought though
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Old 1st April 2010, 12:14 AM
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I also agree that it would do more harm than good.
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