Comment policy

I welcome comments from all readers, those who agree and those who disagree. This site is intended to be a place for friendly discussion of issues related to Baha’i-Christian dialogue. I very rarely delete (non-spam) comments, but I reserve the right to do so for any reason. The following rules are strictly enforced:

(a) no disrespectful, lewd or profane language
(b) no promotion of anti-UHJ sentiments
(c) no trolls

Incidentally, if you try to post a comment with more than one hyperlink, the comment automatically goes in my moderation queue for manual approval. This will cause a delay in posting, but if you’re a legitimate commenter, it’ll eventually show up.

14 Responses

  1. My name is Chris. I work at CatholicTV, a nationally broadcasted TV station headquartered near Boston, MA. I work as PR coordinator here and before I was a missionary to the poor in Juarez, Mexico. Like you, I am interested in spreading our faith through the media.

    Would you like to receive press releases that I write? A sample press release is below. I think your readers would be interested in our Catholic television programming. If your local carrier does not carry our channel, you can watch our shows at our website full-screen for free. We are a non-profit TV station operating under the auspices of Cardinal Sean O’Malley Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Boston. Our programming is orthodox.

    I would probably send you a press release 1-4 times per month. Here is a sample. Please let me know if you are interested in receiving press releases from me by email.

    My God Bless You and Your Efforts

    Chris Pham

    http://www.catholictv.com

    ===============================press release==============================================================

    TELEVISION INTERVIEW TO TAKE PLACE OF PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE NOW STUDYING TO BECOME PRIEST

    Chase Hilgenbrinck, former soccer player now studying to become a priest, will be featured in an interview on CatholicTV.

    Chase played Division I soccer and later moved to Chile to play professional soccer with Deportes Naval. He has since traded in his colorful soccer uniforms for a closet which mostly holds black pants and black shirts- standard gear for seminarians at Mount Saint Mary’s, the school he currently attends.

    Chase is 26 years old, and he thought for years about the priesthood despite having a girlfriend and being a professional athlete. He stumbled upon a book that said “delayed obedience is disobedience.” That’s when Chase thought about his call to the priesthood and said to himself, “I’ve got to do the right thing. I can’t tell God to wait on me.”

    2 weeks after he received a letter of acceptance to the seminary from the bishop of Peoria, Chase tried out for the New England Revolution and made the team. This was the fulfillment of a life-long dream for Chase. After making the team and performing well, he told his coach he was leaving to enter the seminary right before the team was planning to offer him a contract extension.

    Also featured on the talk show “This is the Day” on CatholicTV will be Kelly O’Neil and Michael Mahoney. They are both coordinators of the Jesuit Connection which is a group of young adults who have an affinity for Jesuit teachings and values. They have plans to offer liturgy, service, and networking for members.

    These 3 guests can be seen on CatholicTV (Chase is a phone-in guest) where available at 10:30AM on Tuesday, December 23rd (rebroadcast at 8PM). “This is the Day”can also be seen at the same time online at http://www.CatholicTV.com. The show can be viewed on the website full-screen.

    About CatholicTV:

    CatholicTV provides family-friendly, religious, news, and educational programming 24 hours daily. Founded over 50 years ago, CatholicTV is available in selected areas on cable in the United States and Canada, via Sky Angel IPTV and online via a live stream anytime, everywhere at the station’s web site http://www.CatholicTV.com. Father Robert Reed, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, is the Director of CatholicTV

  2. Hi Chris,

    I can’t take e-mails, but when I get a chance I will post a link to CatholicTV’s website on the front of the blog.

  3. Hi Jonah I’m curious why you don’t allow anti-UHJ comments on your blog? As a Baha’i I appreciate this policy, but I’m not sure why this matters to you as a Catholic?

  4. Because such comments would undermine the blog.

    First of all, of course, the matter of who should lead the Baha’i community is irrelevant to what this blog is about.

    Meanwhile, my personal view is that the Universal House of Justice has the only reasonable claim to leading the Baha’i community. Now suppose someone posted a comment arguing against the legitimacy of the UHJ. Do I ignore it or do I respond? Either way I lose.

    If I ignore it, it might seem as if I condone the view. If I respond, explaining to the person that they’re wrong, I invite a potentially lengthy exchange, and perhaps invite more posts by people opposed to the UHJ.

    In either case, Baha’is would be turned off from reading the blog, because they don’t want to read covenant-breaker material. And that would defeat the whole purpose of the blog, which is to engage with Baha’is.

  5. I have been a Baha’i for 40 years and have been compiling Baha’i responses to Catholic issues for some time. I am glad to find this website, and welcome anyone to write to me so that a definitive work can eventually be published.
    Like Peter who denied the Lord three times, I think the Papacy has denied public revelations to mankind three times (Muhammad, the Bab & Baha’u’llah), but all things will become clear when the time is right.

  6. I am a former Baha’i – now Catholic. I embraced the Baha’i principle of the “individual search for truth” and ended up a Catholic!

    I have a great fondness for Baha’i Teachings – particularly those of Abdu’l Baha.

    Are you still active on this blog?

  7. Are you still active on this blog?

    I’m very discouraged with the blog. The Baha’is who comment mostly ignore my questions and comments and talk past me. It makes me wonder if it’s worth trying to engage them.

  8. Hi Martin. Thanks for inviting me back.
    I have been trying to transition out of a job I’ve had for 10 years, and sell some rental property.
    Everything in this world progresses or regresses; but it isn’t so in the Hereafter, where we begin at the state of development we had when we left this world, and continue to progress at the mercy and will of God.
    It isn’t just Baha’is who want to see tolerance and unity among all people. We’re glad to have friends in all the faith communities..

  9. I guess it was really Jonah that I replied to. Jonah, I hope to turn things around as far as you being talked pastThere are many issues we could deal with, from the Sacraments Catholics revere, to the Islamic matrix, from which Baha’i emerged.

  10. Jonah I am also a former Baha’i turned Christian. It is very hard and frustrating to speak to the Baha’is. They are very good at twisting the words but if you look carefully their words become quite repetitive after a while… nothing more than the mumblings of a real state agent trying to sell you a house in ruins by referring to it as “the renovator’s dream”. If they talk past you in ignorance it is only because they never had the pure intentions to begin with (so much for the “independent investigation of truth”… they all seem to pick on certain aspects of Christianity to criticize it, like look how it has branched out or tell you the same story about not celebrating Christmas or why there are so many different translations of the Bible. Same with Islam, they pick certain verses of the holy Koran and that is good enough, at least for themselves, to be convinced that they are right) and had the assertion of their own agenda in their mind. The words of Bible are blessed with the breath of the holy spirit and that is why they reach out to one’s soul. God bless you for speaking out. You are not alone. Personally speaking, I find the Baha’is extremely deceiving and bullies…

    p.s. and I just can not stop thinking of the image of a dog obsessively chasing its tail for some reason!

  11. Dear Jonah,

    I chanced across your blog and it immediately caught my attention. The reason is that I’m experiencing a journey that is the reverse of yours. I have been a Catholic for over 30 years and I am now exploring the Baha’i Faith because I recognise in there the same God that I knew from my Catholic formation.

    Just as you are viewing Baha’i teachings from a Catholic perspective, I am viewing Catholic teachings from a Baha’i perspective. Hence your blog is of great interest to me.

    Peace,
    Daniel

  12. Hi there, just changed into alert to your blog through Google, and located that it’s really informative. I’m going to be careful for brussels. I’ll appreciate in case you proceed this in future. Numerous other folks shall be benefited out of your writing. Cheers!

  13. Oh, you have no idea how I’ve been searching for a blog like this. I am currently in a struggle between Catholicism and Baha’i.
    Both resonate to me but, I am a life time Christian (32 years as a Mormon, which some consider not Christian at all)
    Anywho, I am glad I found you.
    There are people out here, still looking for the truth.

  14. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. Both Catholicism and the Baha’i Faith are very different from Mormonism and from each other, so that’s an interesting spread. It’s good to hear the blog was helpful to someone. I might start posting again occasionally. If you ever have a particular topic you want me to talk about, drop a note under the Q&A tab at the top of the blog.

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