If the above is an ad for a psychic/astrology site, I sincerely apologize. I have no control over the ads Tripod runs on that banner!


I just wanted to say a few words about the banner ads on this site.

The banner on the top of every page was recently put there by Tripod, the free webhost which carries this site.  They pay their bills by selling advertising, which they then put on every web site they host.  They previously used a pop-up, which was annoying, but it did not interfere with the design of the pages.  Tripod recently replaced the old pop-up with the banner ads, without consulting me about the change.

Tripod decides which ads to run on the banner.  I have no control over which ads they run, nor do I necessarily endorse anything advertised on it.  The presence of the banner ad has recently caused a particular problem, which I wish to address here.

On 22 June 2000, I accessed a certain page on my site, and to my absolute horror saw an ad for a "psychic hotline" on the banner on top!  This made me very angry.  The Catholic Church strongly forbids all her children from becoming involved with psychics and fortunetellers!  Here is a quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the subject:

All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to "unveil" the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.

All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one's service and have a supernatural power over others - even if this were for the sake of restoring their health - are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another's credulity. (CCC 2116-2117)

Needless to say, I don't want such a thing advertised on my site.  It is against my religion, could lead others astray, and is most likely fraudulent (those psychic hotlines often are a complete scam!).  Make no mistake: the Mystical Rose Catholic Page does not endorse psychics and the occult!!!!!

Immediately after discovering the banner ad, I fired off an email to Tripod.  Here is what I wrote:

Dear Sir/Madam;

I used to have pop-up windows on my site, and I was more or less
okay with that.  A few weeks ago, I suddenly had a banner on every
page.  I didn't set my account for banner, and I didn't like the
way it distorted my first page, but again I tolerated it.

Today, I accessed a page on my site and saw an ad for a psychic
phone line on the banner.  My site is Catholic; consulting psychics
is against my religion, and I don't want such a banner on my site!

I understand that you must advertise on every site in order to pay
for my free web space, and I respect that.  But I don't want ads
which go against my religious beliefs on my page.  I am personally
offended by that ad for psychics, and I'm sure my visitors will be
as well.  I've gotten complaints in the past for such things which
were completely beyond my control; I really don't want to get any

Please instruct me how to restore the pop-ups, or please keep ads
dealing with the occult off my site  I would hate to have to pull
my website off of Tripod, since I've been a member for 2 1/2 years.
Thank you.

I received an automated response the next day, saying that they are in the process moving their offices to another city and so cannot respond to emails right away.  Super :-(.  So I'm stuck with this morally offensive ad running on my web site until they get around to my complaint.  I'm seriously considering finding another host now.

I will keep you informed about any further response I receive.  Depending on what they say, I may have to move this page to another webhost which does not make me run ads for it.  I'd rather not do that since the site is nearly five megs large, so it would be a big project, and I've been so busy lately with family matters I don't know how I could make the time to do it.  But we'll have to wait and see.

If you ever came or come across an ad for psychics on my site and are offended by it, please accept my apologies! If you felt inclined to consult the hotline, Don't Do It!  Not only is it a sin, but it could be a scam.  I'm sure Tripod cannot check into the validity of every business which pays for advertising.

God bless you all and please pray for me during this time.

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