By Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry, October 1, 2016
Starting today, Bondings 2.0 will have a new look. We hope that this new look will enhance your reading experience. Nothing has changed editorially in terms of content. We will still be striving to provide our readers with the best and most important Catholic LGBT news and opinion from around the globe. Please let us know what you think through the “Comments” section of this post.
Now is a good time, too, to review some of blog’s policies concerning “Comments.” We welcome and encourage comments from readers. The blog’s editors view this venue as a community of discussion, not just a place for us to provide information. To keep the discussion safe for all, we have developed a set of guidelines which we use to moderate comments from readers. Some of these guidelines are very common to many blogs and some are particular to ours:
Common to many blogs:
1. No obscenities or anything offensive
2. No personal attacks or name-calling
3. Be relevant to the material posted
4. Argue politely
5. Avoid sarcasm
6. Nothing that is patently self-promotional
Particular guidelines for our blog:
1. Nothing that would be pastorally harmful to our readers (e.g., “you are going to hell,” “gays are evil,” etc.)
2. No condemning people–even people who are anti-LGBT
3. No blanket calls to leave the Catholic Church, or invitations to join other churches (e.g.. “I can’t believe any sane LGBT person remains Catholic” or “If you don’t like what the Catholic Church teaches, you should just go and find a different church.”)
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