Here’s my favorite from the correspondence I’ve gotten in the early days of this blog:
Dear Father Ruff,
Your blog is testament to your forty years of failure and the destruction which your ilk has sown upon the liturgy.
Wow. 40 years of destruction? I guess I started when I was six. After a comment like that, I had to go sing a few Latin chants from my Antiphonale, just to regain my spiritual balance.
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If you don’t use your full name, we won’t post your comment.
An editorial committee advises and decides about what to post and what to delete. But I understand that I get to be the lightning rod as the most visible target, and I accept that. I much appreciated a supportive email from my friend Jeffrey Tucker from over at CMAA and NLM advising thick skin and a sense of humor.
We delete comments not because of their opinions, but because of their lack of civility. You can be as ultraconservative or radically progressive as you want, but you can’t be mean or disrespectful.
We can’t send emails to individual commenters explaining our decisions. The reason? Time. I don’t want to be married to a computer 24/7. I’m a celibate.