Chapter 6, topic 1: Social Dialogue for a New Culture.
199. Some people attempt to flee from reality, taking refuge in their own little world; others react to it with destructive violence.
To some extent, this happens across ideological boundaries, and in other ways, we can see it within like-minded groups.
Yet “between selfish indifference and violent protest there is always another possible option: that of dialogue. Dialogue between generations; dialogue among our people, for we are that people; readiness to give and receive, while remaining open to the truth. A country flourishes when constructive dialogue occurs between its many rich cultural components: popular culture, university culture, youth culture, artistic culture, technological culture, economic culture, family culture and media culture”. [Meeting with Brazilian Political, Economic and Cultural Leaders, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil(27 July 2013): AAS 105 (2013), 683-684]
This will take some convincing, even within the Church. So many topics over the past half century or so involved the closing down of dialogue: sex abuse and cover up, women’s role in the Church let alone the ordination issue, liturgical translation, finances, school closings and parish consolidations. We are years from this being a reality within our own bounds.
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