Provoke Radio: Considering the Other Side
A great site to check out: Provoke Radio... Where Faith and Social Justice Meet
In the spirit of the urge towards charitable discernment that Tony offered in the comments to my last post, I'd like to post this link to a Provoke Radio interview of Fr. Rolheiser OMI by Father Tom Reese SJ.
"Read against your temperament."
The topic: Considering the Other Side
Today, more than ever, the conflict between liberals and conservatives is apparent in both politics and religion. And while those at the 2 extremes may never consider each other’s point of view, those in between might actually be willing to do just that. But how? What’s the best way to go about understanding an issue from all points of view? What’s so wrong with trying? Who might benefit from such an exercise and how? And if we can’t do it in a secular democracy…what hope does that leave for the rest of the world? In a climate where polarization seems to be encouraged - in politics, in the church and in society - we thought this would be a good topic to explore. Listen in as our guest, Fr. Ron Rolheiser, President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio and author of the weekly column "In Exile" explains the benefits of 'reading against your temperament', why Truth is more important than ideology and why everyone should have at least one really good friend with whom you share nothing in common! And, of course, what faith has to do with any of it. Fr. Rolheiser is interviewed by Fr. Tom Reese, SJ, senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgertown University.
Also, check out this radio interview of Fr. Rolheiser on Radio One Tapestry
These are trying times for Catholics, especially for those in Europe and North America. While Catholicism is a growing, vibrant force in Third World nations, it’s under challenge in the West. The shrinking number of priests and nuns, and a growing culture gap between many of the faithful and the Church leadership are cause for worry. So, who do you turn to if you’re a Catholic and you’re looking for a little hope? For increasing numbers of Catholics – for millions of them in fact – encouraging words are coming from a man from Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan. Father Ron Rolheiser is a widely-read columnist in Catholic newspapers, an author and a popular leader of spiritual retreats. Above all, he reassures people it’s all right to be a good Catholic. Father Rolheiser joins Mary Hynes for a wide-ranging conversation about celibacy, popular culture, depression and the need for community.