"When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families and societies to grow, the only way for the life of peoples to progress, along with the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return. Others always have something to give me, if we know how to approach them in a spirit of openness and without prejudice. I call this attitude of openness and availability without prejudice, social humility, and it is this that favours dialogue. Only in this way can understanding grow between cultures and religions, mutual esteem without needless preconceptions, respectful of the rights of everyone. Today, either we stand together with the culture of dialogue and encounter, or we all lose, we all lose; from here we can take the right road that makes the journey fruitful and secure." (Pope Francis, Address to leading members of Brazilian society, Saturday July 27 2013, reported online by Official Vatican Network.)


"Shaping the Papacy in a Changing World" From John Paul II to Pope Francis

The Tablet Lecture 2013 by Robert Mickens

JRobertMickensRobert Mickens has been The Tablet's Rome correspondent from 2001 to 2003 and from 2005 to the present and writer of the paper's popular weekly column, "Letter from Rome". He is regularly featured as a Vatican-affairs analyst for the BBC in Great Britain, ABC in Australia and National Public Radio in the United States. View

A Tribute to and Reflection on David Herbert

JDavidHerbertDavid Leonard Herbert was a brilliant radiologist. He died of cancer at the age of 70. His funeral service was held in Port Macquarie where he had worked in private practice for more than 25 y. He leaves his wife Della - they were married in 1969 - and four children, Joanne, , Elissa, David Jnr and Ceci. The following is the text of Michael Whelan's sermon at the funeral service on Friday December 13 2013.

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Adrian van Kaam (1920-2007) - Some Reflections

Adrian van Kaam

AdrianVanKaamAdrian van Kaam was born in The Hague, The Netherlands, on April 19 1920. He died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, on November 17 2007. As a young man he was ordained a Catholic priest in the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). During the Second Wrold War, he was involved in the Dutch resistance. Associating closley in the resistance with many different types of people, some believers some not, some Catholics some not, van Kaam came to see the importance of what he was later to call the universal human dimension. The foundational question that can be seen in his pioneering academic career was most simply, What does it mean to be a human being?

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Communication at its Best is Communion

Thomas Merton

JThomasMerton"And so I stand among you as one who offers a small message of hope, that first, there are always people who dare to seek on the margin of society, who are not dependent on social acceptance, not dependent on social routine, and prefer a kind of free-floating existence under a state of risk.

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The Common Enemy

Karl Menninger

JKarlMenningerIt is difficult to know just how to designate our common enemy for rhetorical purposes of a presentation such as this. Evil goes by one name in a course on philosophy, by another name in the chemical laboratory, or the law court, or the church lobby, or the seminar on ego psychology in the psychoanalytic in­stitute. Evil is one thing in France and another thing in the Congo ‑ or is it? Maybe the best word, after all, is "The Devil". It is a curious thing that some people get around to believing in God by way of first discovering the Devil. Faced with the undeniable existence of the latter, they go on to find his adversary.

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Herbert Butterfield

JHerbertButterfieldIt is easy for us to fall into imagining that life and the course of history are spoiled only by the activity of the extraordinarily wicked. The role of these latter tends to be magnified because evil is regarded as a sort of deus ex machina ‑ not really belonging to this world ‑ the culprit not worthy to be reckoned with the rest of human nature...

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