Dialogue within the Context of Faith

"Far from making us inflexible, the security of faith sets us on a journey; it enables witness and dialogue with all." Pope Francis, Light of Faith, no.34

"The new evangelization calls on every baptized person to be a peacemaker and a credible witness to a reconciled life. In a culture which privileges dialogue as a form of encounter, it is time to devise a means for building consensus and agreement while seeking the goal of a just, responsive and inclusive society." Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 239

But how do we do so in this present time of a deeply polarized society? LJP Commission would like to begin a process of learning to develop such dialogue around issues which the Gospel calls upon us to address but which so often lead to a fruitless polarization rather than a "credible witness to a reconciled life."

Toward that end, we are inviting you as part of his faith community to take a moment to select an issue or  issues which you would like to enter into a dialogue about with those who do not necessarily share your view.

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* 1. In considering the topic of racism, how interested are you in dialoguing about the following question: "Racism, what does being Catholic have to do with it?"

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* 2. In considering the topic of the prison system, how interested are you in dialoguing about the following question: "Is the criminal justice system just?"

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* 3. In considering the topic of immigration, how interested are you in dialoguing about the following question: "Immigration, is it welcoming the stranger or violating the law?"

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* 4. In considering the topic of LGBTQ, how interested are you in dialoging about the following question: "How do we, the Church, embrace our LGBTQ brothers and sisters?"


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* 5. Are there other topics or issues you feel warrant discussion within the light of faith?

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