The Return Of Hate Blogging

The other day I asked people on my Facebook page for advice on whether or not I should tell people when I include them in the Saint Laika prayers. Most people ignored my question and answered a question that I did not ask, "Should I ask people for permission before I pray for them?" One friend got particularly uptight about the fact that I prayed for people without asking their permission first that, even though I explained how I only ever used first names, never gave geographical locations and avoided going into details about the prayed for person's situation, she still unfriended me on the basis that I could not be trusted. I copied her unfriending message to the bottom of the thread and forgot about it. I now find that my unfriend has been badmouthing me across the internet ever since. This post is particularly creepy:…/02/06/pastoral-net-h…/

However, I can't really complain too much as it is the deliberate policy of both the Saint Laika website and Saint Laika Facebook page to be completely open access, which is a rule that also applies to my own Facebook page where all my posts are public. As in real parish work an internet priest is going to come across spiteful people who need to control everything (see my unfriend's list of rules for internet Christian communities). In the real world a minister may end up being knifed to death, it happens far too often. In the internet world the knife in the back is not physical or fatal, but it still hurts and, again, it happens far too often.


The Return Of Hate Blogging — 4 Comments

  1. Not sure what this blog adds to any dispute, nor what a minister thinks they’re doing airing such business in public? And calling names is *never* priestly.

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  3. You certainly may pray for people without their knowing about it (every victim or war or natural disaster, for example). I have prayed for people who hated me and wished me harm. Better to let God worry about it than me.

  4. Oh how utterly silly. “Hate” was never a word used; no “harm” is wished on Mr. Hagger. I simply objected to his raiding people’s Facebook pages to pad out his intercessions without asking them first.

    A priest who disdains the idea of ethics is a priest I can do without. So can just about anyone on earth, by the way.