(quote) Michelle-860764 said: Are the forums to be used only for people who agree on issues? I was just wondering, thank you.
I would hate to be singled out or shunned because I wasn't black or white on a particular issue or because I inserted my opinion on something.
Sometimes it is really hard to be in the position of an outsider looking in.
Thank you in advance for your replies.
God Bless everyone here and the whole world.
The forums are for the use of any paid member who follows the forum rules (found here: www.catholicmatch.com
or by clicking on the gear icon to the right of the New Topic button and selecting Rules).
I have been an active participant in the forums for 9+ years and I can't recall anyone being shunned. There may be times when you post something that gets few, or perhaps even no, replies, but there are a variety of reasons why this happens.
I don't know what you mean by "singled out". Most of the time, if you post an opinion people will respond. Sometimes very intensely. A common mistake is for people to take responses personally rather than realizing the responses are addressing (or sometimes attacking) the idea, not the person who posted the idea.
On many topics such as politics, sports, entertainment, etc. there may come a poitn where it may well be best for the participants in a discussion to agree to disagree -- although this doesn't always happen.
On matters of faith and morals there are objective truths (the teaching of the Magisterium) which Catholics are obligated to defend: agreeing to disagree is not an option. Those who disagree are certainly free to leave the discussion and believe what they wish (at their own peril), but don't expect statements of error to stand unchallenged or tacitly accepted under the guise of "agreeing to disagree."
In short, while I have no reason to believe anyone will attack or shun you (or anyone else), Those with very thin skins may perceive it as such. If you are unsure how you will react, it might be best to sit back and observe the dynamics for a while before posting yourself.