The Catholic Answers Forums are shutting down: http://forums.catholic.com/ (Announcement thread: https://forums.catholic.com/t/ca-forums-shutting-down/635212) I wanted to share this with all of you, because the CAForums were an inspiration for launching the Anglican Forums, back in 2013 or 2012 or whenever that was in the mists of time. We had just began publishing our first books, perhaps the Articles of Religion, the 1604 Canons, or Jewel's Apology; and looking at the Internet landscape we saw catholic.com, a veteran multi-million dollar organization established decades earlier. One of their biggest ministries was their Catholic Answers Forums, an impressive outpost that very robustly promoted Roman Catholic values, in a visually attractive format, with a vast a community of thousands of people, and countless topics and discussions: Pay attention to the "currently active users" at the bottom. It is difficult to convey just how strong was the impression of strength of that community to the outside world. Looking at them you could see lots of threads on difficult questions expertly answered by knowledgeable people; piety being supported with encouraging threads and RC devotional groups; threads of conversions into Roman Catholicism appeared on a regular basis. Folks who stepped out of line were immediately banned. Perhaps this was an artifact of Pope Benedict's worldwide programme, but the confidence was palpable. And yet here we are today. We are only growing, while they (at least the forums) are shutting down. Perhaps it had to do with a radical update to new forum software 1-2 years ago, which completely altered the CAF look and feel: But some say that the rot set in even prior to that, with a gradually severe drop in the community confidence (perhaps due to the new pontificate of Francis). The aggressive Forum Policies which previously created a common ground within the community had slowly disappeared. In time the moderation was drastically scaled back as well. The impression of unity of RC doctrine (enforced by the mods) had evaporated, and to any question there were now given ten different answers. Some people even began saying that visiting the forums proved harmful to their faith. The admins have stated that after closure, forums will not remain even for reference, and the whole thing will be completely wiped out. That is a sad outcome which we intend to never repeat here. In fact we will be rolling out big new updates in the coming months, with God's grace. Thank you all for being a part of this community.