About 3 months after his old blog site was hacked and then brought back on line again, and about one month after moving his blog to Wordpress, Fr. Alvin Kimel has announced that he will stop blogging. The very personal message was posted on Pontifications on Wednesday, saying that the decision followed his recent trip to Ireland and describing his own deep feelings of hurt since the situation in the Episcopal Church led to his departure to the Catholic Church 2 years ago. He was ordained a priest in the Catholic Church in December, 2006.
While he was in Ireland, or shortly after his return, the old Pontifications website went down and has never returned. Some of the articles from the old site were salvaged and posted on the new Wordpress site. The posts added to the new site over the past month include photos from Ireland and one remarkable post titled "Renewing the Renewed Liturgy", as well as his touching message of farewell.
It is not the first time he has spoken of ending his blogging. He wrote about the possibility soon after his conversion to Catholicism. Pontifications had been an Anglican blog, on an Anglican hosted site, during the time when he wrote through his struggles over the Episcopal Church's decision to approve Gene Robinson as bishop. He blogged through the decision making over Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox theology. Well before he announced his move, he was prompting blog comments like one I remember: "You have decided which girl you want to dance with, what is stopping you?" or something. He wrote then that the blog would have to change or end, as his decision had been made and it no longer served its original purpose.
Many readers encouraged him to continue, and he has done so for 2 more years (a total blogging time of May 2004 to May 2007 on the old site, according to Kendall Harmon. [Updated July 2: Kendall Harmon's Titusonenine blog now reports that the main problem with the old Pontification site may have been fixed, although the servers are still somewhat unstable. Pontifications (original site) was up for a few minutes today and then down again. If the main problem is solved, I will restore the old link to the original Pontifications site to the blog list in the sidebar here.]
The more recent changes in the blog have been somewhat noticeable, including the loss of the old look of the once Anglican blog, the loss of the archives, and little posted over the past month since his return from Ireland. The end of Pontifications is a significant loss, especially for those like me who remember it from its Anglican days and enjoyed it in its Catholic days as well.
I hope that many will keep Father Kimel in their prayers as he struggles with the pain described in his farewell post, and that we will hear more from him in the future.
Kendall Harmon has a post about Father Kimel's blog and his journey, with links to several other blogs that have posts about it, some with interesting comments. Glory to God for All Things is among those other blogs with comments.