27. jan 2018
Angelo Jesus Canta, America:
Father James Martin and Ross Douthat discuss civility in public & church discourse
“If we can demonstrate, as a church, that we can disagree with one another” with civility, “then we can say to our neighbors, ‘This is still possible,’” America’s president and editor in chief, Matt Malone, S.J., said, introducing the topic of the night.
Occasional rhetorical combatants in the public sphere, James Martin, S.J., editor at large for America, and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat managed to demonstrate the subject of their discussion before a sold-out audience on Dec. 13: the challenges of maintaining a civil dialogue on religion. Mr. Douthat and Father Martin—both prominent U.S. Catholics known for their public disagreements about the church, especially under Pope Francis—modeled a style of dialogue that was fair, friendly and unafraid of divergent views at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture’s Loreto Theater in New York City
“I’ve been looking forward to this event more than any other in our season,” said William Spencer Reilly, executive director of the Sheen Center.
Father Malone started the conversation by asking: Is there a duty for Christians to represent a certain kind of voice in the public discourse?
“Yes, but it’s contextual,” Mr. Douthat responded.
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