WereTheyPublished wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • I was just wondering if you openly published my questions that were very personal in nature?

I thought, for that reason, you would have decided not to.  I probably should have been more careful and not have left it to your discretion.


  { Do you publish questions of a personal nature with the person's name on it? }

Mike replied:

Dear WereTheyPublished —

Thank-you for the very good question!

This is something I take very seriously.

On the preceding paragraphs to the question page, I ask all questioners to tell me if they want their name to be kept anonymous. (See below)

Nevertheless, even if they don't, if their issue is of a personal nature, I usually make up or change the name.

If you are concerned about a certain posting or question you have submitted that has your name on it and wish to have it changed to an anonymous or other pseudo name, I can easily:

  • change the name to Anonymous or a fictitious name, and
  • re-index my search engine on the site

Personally, I can't re-index anyone's questions with our answers on Google' search engine. This is done automatically by Google (an other search engines) as a service to the web community. Nevertheless, once I re-index the search engines on my site, it usually takes about 1 to 2 days for the Internet search engines, like Google, to re-index their pages. Just send me an e-mail with your name, as it is spelled in the posting, and the title of the posting you are referring to.

As I say below:

If you still do not want your question to be posted in our database, even with a fictional or changed name, after you enter your Last Name (below), type

From the Ask Us Your Question Today page

From the question page

Seeing that one of the main goals of this apostolate is to clarify teachings and correct misperceptions about the One Church, Our Blessed Lord Jesus established on St. Peter, for the good of ALL faith-seekers, Christian and non-Christian alike:

Unless you state otherwise in your question, our dialogue will probably be put into the knowledge base. There can be a big plus here. If you are in a tough situation, the more readers that know your name, the greater the probability more readers will pray for your situation.

If your question is of a personal nature and you wish to not be identified, we can
substitute your name with Anonymous. Just tell me to do so in the e-mail when asking the question. You can also make up an alias name or similar name in line with your inquiry, like:

  • WantToGetMarriedBut wrote:
  • ButMyFamilyWontUnderstand wrote:
  • SeekingButConfused wrote:
  • WantToJoinBut wrote:

    or an anonymous name like G.S. wrote or Sam T. wrote:

In addition, I will strive to change all e-mail dialogues of a deeply personal nature to

"Anonymous wrote:"

before posting. I also exclude questions that are either irrelevant to the purpose and mission of the site, or that have already been answered.

If you are concerned about privacy issues, I would encourage you to use Anonymous or a fictional, made-up name to protect your identity on personal issues.

  • Why?

Because there may be many other visitors who can be helped by your question and our team answers.

Important Note: If you still do not want your question to be posted in our database, even with a fictional or changed name, after you enter your Last Name (below), type (DO NOT POST)

I hope my answer puts your concerns to rest.


From the Ask Us Your Question Today page

Sample AskACatholic Web Form: After Last Name type: (DO NOT POST)

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