Pope Francis recently met with a group of Japanese junior high school students at the Vatican and spoke with them about the importance of dialogue. His words underscore the need for dialogue in our church on LGBT issues. Let’s hope and pray that the Pope will apply these dialogue concepts to this most pressing need in our church.
As reported in The National Catholic Reporter, here’s what he had to say:
“If we go out to encounter other people, other cultures, other religions, we grow and we begin that beautiful adventure called dialogue.
“Dialogue is what brings peace. Peace is impossible without dialogue.
“All wars, conflicts and troubles we encounter with each other are because of a lack of dialogue.
“We dialogue to meet each other, not to fight.”
Dialogue involves asking the other, “Why do you think this?” or “Why is that culture this way?” then listening to the response, he said. “First listen, then talk — that’s meekness.”
“If you don’t think like I do … and you can’t convince me to think like you do, that’s OK. We can still be friends.”
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry