Following the publication of my most recent letter to the editor of the The Age, I returned home from holidays to find a letter waiting in my mail box. It was a page out of the MCV News (a local GLBT magazine) entitled “Stop this Papal Bull”.
On the top was written:
A word of accurate advice for you, David, in reference to your Age letter 29/12 ~ Sincerly with peace, Concered for your naivety
1) I am always ready to enter a dialogue with anyone who wishes to either enlighten me or challenge the accuracy of my views, but that is awfully difficult with anonymous letters.
2) The article (if you care to follow the link given above) is hardly an “accurate” portrayal of Benedict XVI or the teaching of the Catholic Church.
Consider this closing paragraph:
Does the Pope care? Apparently not. He puts church dogma, wealth and power before scientific understanding and the values of love and compassion. With Popes like him, no wonder so many people are becoming atheists.
This accords with what I said in a combox to a blog entry below:
These folks actually are convinced they are working in for the virtues of kindness and decency etc. [What they find hard to believe is that] we are too. Perhaps the starting point is to show that we really wish to achieve the same objective: ie. happiness and well being for all human beings, and proceed from there.
Although it is hard when you cannot continue the conversation because your interlocutor left no forwarding address…