The Catholic Church is among the largest and most diverse institutions in the USA. Progress toward overcoming polarization in the Church is progress toward overcoming polarization in the nation.
Georgetown University’s Institute for Catholic Social Thought and Public Thought recently brought together an impressive gathering of leaders across various sectors of the Church to dialogue, build upon common values, and forge relationships that might heal polarization. I was honored to be involved in the steering committee for this gathering, and to moderate a panel presenting data on polarization in the Church and nation. The three-day convening built meaningfully upon an earlier University of Notre Dame conference resulting in a book I co-edited, Polarization in the US Catholic Church.
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Me with Fr. James Martin, SJ, fellow conference attendee.