Over the past several years, a number of online platforms and blogs have discontinued comments, including The Deacon’s Bench, Rorate Caeli, and Commonweal. The National Catholic Reporter will now join their ranks. As of December 1, editor Dennis Coday announced today, comments will be discontinued.
The reasons are financial. Their preferred system, a self-moderating system called “Civil Comments,” is going out of business, and the cost of devoting staff time to moderating comments is prohibitive, Coday explained.
We at NCR are caught in a dilemma. We believe that the comment section is a valuable forum for discussion. I know that many of you have formed a community here. We do see the value of comments and want to bring them back as soon as we can, but we also know our limitations. We cannot return to an unmoderated, free-for-all, but we do not have the staff resources to do full moderation.
Prior comments will be archived, but not visible on the site until an alternative way of posting them can be established.