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The Byzantine Forum welcomes all newcomers to our on-line community. This forum is mainly a community of Byzantine Catholics and other Eastern Christians who share a common historical and theological heritage. In his Apostolic Letter, Orientale Lumen, Saint John Paul the Great stated that "one important way to grow in mutual understanding and unity consists precisely in improving our knowledge of one another" (#24). That is the purpose of this forum: to improve our knowledge of one another. As such, all forms of theological opinions (and especially Eastern Christian ones) are welcome to be placed upon the table for discussion.

Roman Catholic and other Western Christians are also welcome to join and participate. Please understand that the Roman Catholic Church is huge when compared to English-speaking Eastern Christians, so, please forgive us if we sometimes get annoyed when Roman Catholics who might not know anything about us and come here to present Latin theology as if it were the only Catholic expression of theology. If you have come to overload us with apologetic quotes to test how "Catholic" we really are, please don't bother to register - that is simply not how we live out our lives of faith. Consider The The Byzantine Forum to be nothing more than a cyber coffee hour.

To truly understand who Eastern Christians are you must "come and see" for yourself by joining us in worship. The warmth and fellowship of our faith experienced in person cannot be described in any book. We extend a warm invitation to everyone to visit one of our parishes and join us in prayer.

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Considering the real-time nature of The Byzantine Forum, it is impossible for us to review messages or confirm the validity of information posted. Please remember that we at www.byzcath.org do not actively monitor the contents of The Byzantine Forum and are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of www.byzcath.org or any entity associated with The Byzantine Forum. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary. This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.

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Although the owners of The Byzantine Forum do not and cannot review the messages posted and are not responsible for the content of any of these messages, we at The Byzantine Forum reserve the right to delete any message for any or no reason whatsoever. You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless this BB, Groupee, Inc., array (the makers of the bulletin board software), and their agents with respect to any claim based upon transmission of your message array(s).

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Again, please note that The Byzantine Forum is an on-line meeting place for Christians especially focusing on Byzantine and Eastern Christianity (both Catholic and Orthodox). As you discuss your faith please remember that those visiting the Byzantine Forum who do not share our faith in Christ will form an opinion of Byzantine Christianity based upon what YOU post.

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Once your application is approved your account will be in full moderation for about 30 days (longer if you don't post) and you will not be able to send Private Messages. We do this for two main reasons: 1) To make sure new posters are serious posters and 2) to reduce SPAM posters (this process helps us filter out those nice men from Nigeria who want to send us millions of dollars if only we would send them our bank account numbers). We request that in your first month you limit your posts to 5 per day so as not to overwhelm our moderators.

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