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Monday, February 06, 2006

The Word from Rome

Thank you Diane for bringing this to my attention. John Allen, Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, interviewed Father Jenkins during his trip to the Vatican. Excerpts from the interview appear on NCR's website. Jenkins aired his concerns about polarization, "The trouble is that each side can see nothing legitimate in the position of the other. I hope that the university can help move us out of this ideological ghettoization, by fostering an actual conversation that's both open and guided by tradition. … My hope that we can do it is based on two points: 1) As Catholics, we have a very rich intellectual tradition, which is wide, not narrow; 2) We're not a sectarian religion. Like it or not, we're in this thing together, and we have to find a way to talk to each other. …" Some sober voices have been heard during the discussion thus far. May they be given a wider hearing.

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