Why a catholic dialogue?
Dialogue is difficult within a church who`s official voice must be male and ordained. This doesn`t mean that great conversations and dialogues don`t occur outside of curial halls or diocesan chanceries. They do. This blog is my humble attempt at such a dialogue – a catholic dialogue, with a small `c`. The word catholic means universal, or concerning the whole. While this blog may be a dialogue on the Catholic faith (with a big `c`), I hope that the dialogue can be truly catholic with a small `c`. Think of catholic as being an adverb, describing a dialogue where all are welcome, and all voices can be heard!
Who am I?
My name is Isabella R. Moyer. My husband and I have been married for thirty four years and have five children and four grand-children. We live in a small prairie town in Manitoba, Canada. I am the past president of the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities. I began this blog in December, 2010. Since then, I have written for the Prairie Messenger, NCR Today and US Catholic.
Where do I stand?
I have been on both sides of the ideological divide in the Catholic Church. I understand the passion for change, and the zealous defense of tradition. I also know that black and white debates and apologetics deepen divisions more than promote unity. I`m finding more and more truth in the gray area of the respectful `in between`, that sacred space where open dialogue seeks to better understand the other and to search for the common grounds of belief.
Dialogue, not debate
A true catholic dialogue respects the universality of `the whole` that is the Catholic Church. It seeks, like Jesus, to sit at the table with sinners and saints in a spirit of openness and respect. Our media is full of angry diatribes where debates are won by the loudest and most forceful voice. All are welcome to sit at the table of this blog and partake of the conversation, as long as your intentions are to promote a healthy dialogue and not hurtful debate.
May the Spirit of wisdom and peace be our guide!