The #CathApol IRC Chat Channel
To access our Catholic Apologetics Chat Channel you will need an IRC client or you can use the
java based client right now from your browser! (See below where it says, "Get Online Now!")
Two of the most popular IRC clients out there are Pirch98 and mIRC (there are others). These
can be downloaded from several shareware sites (like
these here on download.com),
my preference is Pirch98. Once you download a client, run the
install of it and start it up.
With Pirch you'll likely need to "enable" the "ident server" which can be found
under the "Tools" selection at the top of the program window.
Once you have that set up, click on "Login" select "StarLink-IRC" then find a server
that will work from your location. Then click "connect."
Once you are logged in to a server, type: /join #CathApol
That's all there is to it. It's a bit confusing the first time round, but after using the program a
couple times, it gets easier. The method for using mIRC is similar.
If you are already familiar with IRC, you can get information on StarLink-IRC at:
http://www.starlink-irc.org. If using mIRC or
Pirch, be sure to get the current list of StarLink-IRC servers from their web page - this
is important so you have less trouble connecting.
Join #CathApol NOW!
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load or install!
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Also on YahooGroups
You can join in on a discussion we have been discussing on the CathApol YahooGroups group! Some of our discussions are copied to the group where you can add to the discussion/debate either online or by email and at your leasure! You don't have to be online at the same time the rest of us are to participate in these discussions. Participating in YahooGroups is not a "live" interaction like the chat channel is, but is still another way to jump in on the discussions and/or read along with a previous discussion. You can visit the group without joining at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cathapol.
The Channel Owner/CoFounder is Scott Windsor, aka: Duke77, BigScott or CathApol
You might see any one of those names being used (or a variation thereof with "afk" or "brb"
= "away from keyboard" or "be right back").
Verga, aka: Halcyon
As the "ops" or "operators" of the channel - no one op "rules" over the other ops - this includes the
Channel Owner/Founder. We work as a team, and we support each other's decisions. No single op overrules
another op's decision. If someone has a problem with one of our ops, we ask you to take it off channel
and make another op aware of the difficulty. If warrented, we may discuss the situation between one
or more of the other ops - including the op the alleged trouble is with. We try to be fair and honest
in enforcing the stated rules and policies of our channel (see below).
Not all our ops are Catholics. Being Catholic is not an absolute requirement to be an op in #CathApol.
Our ops are expected to moderate the channel and keep "troublemakers" out. A non-Catholic op should
not be "wearing the @" if they are questioning or challenging a Catholic teaching (sometimes they are
there as participants too). If such an occasion arises where a non-Catholic op is participating in
such a challenge, they should de-op themselves. If there are Catholic ops in the channel, the non-Catholic
ops will yield to the Catholic ones.
If ANY participant, op or otherwise, notices one of the ops of #CathApol abusing their position then
please write to email@example.com and inform him of the situation.
If you have a complaint, you must also provide a log of the situation. Complaints posted without
documentation may be ignored.
- No profanity
- Be able to document your claims (or retract them)
- Catholics will explain Catholicism to non-Catholics
- Be charitable in your discussions.
- No Traditional vs. Novus Ordo discussions
- No bashing of other channels or ops of other channels
- (And I would caution anyone from even discussing other
channels or their ops in here, this can be seen as
gossip - which is also sinful. Please keep this in mind).
- Stick to Catholic Apologetics.
- If there are only Catholics in the room, other discussions
can take place so long as they do not break any of the
other channel rules. If there are Protestants or others
"outside the Church", then discussions that are
apologetic in nature take precedence (meaning, if an
apologetic discussion or question begins, the non-apologetic
discussion should cease or go to private chat).
- Professing Catholics are not to challenge other professing Catholics.
- #CathApol is primarily for discussions between Catholics
and nonCatholics. If fellow Catholics have questions and/or
challenges for each other, this should be done in #Catholics.
- If your nick appears to be lewd, satanic or otherwise
inappropriate for a Christian channel, you must change it
if requested by the ops, or leave.
- If you have questions or concerns about the room, then
email firstname.lastname@example.org (remove
the words "nospam" from the actual address before sending).
- The #CathApol Channel is setup to discuss apologetics, ONLY.
- Logfiles are saved and sometimes posted to the webpage of
- You may ask questions of us, even challenge us, but respect must
be shown to us and to our Church (including the Pope, the Blessed
Virgin, the Magisterium, etc.). You may disagree, but you must show
- The Channel Ops will not use their "Op power" to
"win" an argument." Report any such abuses to
CathApol either in
email or in a private chat.
- The #CathApol Channel is not to be used to defend any particular
"group" that may carry the name "Catholic."
We are here to discuss apologetics, only.
- If it is noticed that you are in porno or other sexually
related channels or "hate" channels (like nazism,
or skinheads, etc.), or other objectional channels, you will
be asked to part those or ours.
- Questions about Catholicism will be answered by Catholics, and preferably
one of the Channel Operators (Ops). Non-Catholics and especially Ex-Catholics
are not to "teach" others about Catholicism - that must be left to
those who ARE Faithful Catholics.
- Catholics will NOT contradict Catholic dogma/teaching in channel. If you are
a Catholic and have a question or challenge regarding the Catholic Faith, ask
one of the ops for access to our private channel, for Catholics only, for such
Violations of the Rules and/or Policies will get you kicked
from the channel. Repeated violations will get you banned.
Overt attacks on the channel or channel ops will get you banned
the first time.
An Essay by One of Our Ops:
Dr. Tim Wells (aka gsxr)
The Church of the New Testament
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