Conversations Catholics need to have

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What does it take to grow in conversation, even and perhaps especially in difficult conversation? Can contemporary Christianity get past the moralism and step into areas of pain?

In this final episode for the second season, Fr Timothy Radcliffe talks to Australian Catholics editor, Michael McVeigh. They discuss questions about Catholic identity, education and democracy.

Timothy Radcliffe is a Dominican friar and theologian. He is a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. He was director of Las Casas Institute for Social Justice at Oxford, where he is now on the advisory board.

Timothy is known for his views on things like homosexuality, divorce and remarriage, and the authority of women in the Catholic Church — areas in which he has pushed for open conversation and an embrace of difference — something which has earned him the description of being controversial.

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Topic tags: Fatima Measham, Michael McVeigh, Timothy Radcliffe, Uluru Statement

 

 

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The laity need and the clergy need to have ongoing conversations about many issues if the Catholic Church is to arrest its decline in participation. To do this, appropriate structures need to be put in place. Right now there are Catholic parishes in Australia that don't even have a Parish Parish Council!
George Allen | 06 September 2018


Fr Radcliffe was my peer at Downside Benedictine Abbey School, UK. In his comments on education he does not refer to conversations with, by and within families. Reading the UK Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) hearing last December transcript on Downside helps to understand why Fr Radcliffe appears to be turned off families. Oliver Clark, Job's Trust
Oliver Clark | 10 September 2018


Timothy is controversial but I find the word provocative more appealing because I have had the privilege of listening to his lectures on the occasions of two visits to Australia recently. When I asked questions and was not completely happy with the answers (more my fault than his) I went home and wrestled with whether I would pursue the matter further I found that I was not happy until I had been provoked to compose a further question or find an article to have him read and so conversations were held from which I have learned much about persistence and the art of conversation itself. Thank you Eureka Street and thank you Timothy.
Joan Winter OP | 10 September 2018


Timothy, your idealism is admirable. I am writing a book as an ex-Catholic who regrets the way young people as well as older, have lost their optimism re Catholicism. Spirituality is what you mention as different from religiosity, and that must be heartening, at least. "Friendship with God." To be able to see God as someone to be befriended instead of feared...that's a new take which hasn't penetrated very far as yet, I'd say.
Carla van Raay | 13 September 2018


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