Tagged: dialogue

The Journey of Dialogue

Giving priority to space means madly attempting to keep everything together in the present, trying to possess all the spaces of power and of self-assertion; it is to crystallize processes and presume to hold them back. Giving priority to time...

The Journey of Dialogue

The encounter with the sacred mystery of the other

Two days before Fr. James Martin, SJ, shared an image of the personal letter sent to him by Pope Francis, in which the pope offered Fr. Martin affirmation, guidance, and prayers for the upcoming Outreach LGBTQ Catholic Ministry Webinar, my...

The encounter with the sacred mystery of the other

Bishop Barron, don’t give up on dialogue

As a parish catechist, I am extremely indebted to Bishop Robert Barron. For years, not a week has gone by when I have not used several resources from his Word on Fire apostolate. Recently, in addition to his catechetical and...

Bishop Barron, don’t give up on dialogue

Truth Demands Prudence

Recent events have found Catholics grappling with what it means to be a Catholic Christian in a liberal democracy. To what extent do Catholic teachings apply in secular society? Should law explicitly support the practice of the Catholic faith? Or...

Truth Demands Prudence

Father Z, Challenge Accepted — UPDATE

Today I was directed to a post on the blog of Fr. John Zuhlsdorf,  who has been been saying and doing increasingly disquieting things since the presidential election, most notably the livestreamed exorcism rituals he performed every day for two...

Father Z, Challenge Accepted — UPDATE

Dialogue is an Exercise in Charity

211. In a pluralistic society, dialogue is the best way to realize what ought always to be affirmed and respected apart from any ephemeral consensus. Such dialogue needs to be enriched and illumined by clear thinking, rational arguments, a variety...

Dialogue is an Exercise in Charity

Bursting the Tower of Bubble

We, as Catholics, are called to unity. This was Christ’s prayer on the eve of his death, that we may all be one (Jn 17:21), as he and the Father are one. Sadly, we’ve been doing a lousy job of...

Bursting the Tower of Bubble

Fratelli Tutti and a fresh perspective on tradition

It has become common in certain Catholic circles to label Pope Francis (and the post-Conciliar Church) as “modernist.” This term is applied to stand in opposition to “tradition,” a fundamental Catholic value. After all, Tradition (with capital “T”) is one...

Fratelli Tutti and a fresh perspective on tradition

A New Pacem in Terris

Fratelli Tutti, the newly-published encyclical, must be read carefully to be properly understood. We must avoid the risk of trivialization that focuses on two or three points and reduces the document to little more than a series of pious intentions....

A New Pacem in Terris

For Pope Francis, dialogue isn’t relativism

Pope Francis’s third encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship, is a gift to the Church and to the human race. Building on previous social encyclicals, including his own Laudato Si’ (2015) and Benedict XVI’s Caritas in Veritate (2009),...

For Pope Francis, dialogue isn’t relativism

The Logic of Obedient Disobedience

“What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he repented and went. And he went...

The Logic of Obedient Disobedience

On the Need For Dialogue

On the Need For Dialogue Therefore, let us not be provoked with these men, let us not use anger as an excuse, but let us talk with them gently and with kindness. Nothing is more forceful and effective than treatment...

On the Need For Dialogue