Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Unite Our Diverse Church

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Unite Our Diverse Church

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In his pastoral visit to the United States in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI recognized that the world stood at a crossroads marked by two contrasting characteristics: "It is a time of great promise, as we see the human family in many ways drawing closer together and becoming ever more interdependent. Yet at the same time we see clear signs of a disturbing break down in the very foundations of society: signs of alienation, anger, and polarization on the part of many of our contemporaries; increased violence; a weakening of the moral sense; a coarsening of social relations; and a growing forgetfulness of Christ and God."

As our nation and our world continue to wrestle with the ancient but ever present question of how to relate "the one with the many," the effort to build human bridges has never been needed more. In a world that is more interrelated than ever--as a result of globalization and the revolution of social communications-and yet in need of reconciling diverse experiences and perspectives related to culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, privilege, power, socio-economic status, and political affiliations, Catholics need a compassionate pastor and a thoughtful leader unafraid to creatively, constructively, and critically embrace this global reality.

These times call for deepening reasoned conversations between the faith and traditions of the church on the one hand and the world's many different experiences and encounters with beauty, goodness, and truth on the other. …

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