Thanks for the comments on the last posting. In particular, thank you to Peregrinus and Samuel for providing two links, the first to the discussion on the Cathnews DB at http://members4.boardhost.com/cathtelecom/msg/1195800341.html and the second to an audio file of the meeting at http://www.mediafire.com/?e7tx3pe0zys
Now, to less pleasant matters. I was at another major interfaith event in Melbourne this evening, where I sat next to two very genial friends who attended last night’s event in support of “that petition”, and they tell me that the “disruptors” were not only disruptive, but also rude.
This might be a good spot to take a leaf from Fr. John’s Zuhlsdorf’s blog and his 5 Rules for Engagement. Modifying some of his ideas to fit the situation for engaging with those whose views and actions are in dissent from the teaching and practice of the Church:
1) Do not be rude. Be gracious to those who have in the past may not have been gracious to you.
2) Don’t get into a game of “winners and losers”. We all win when the Church’s life is enriched. We all lose when it is impoverished.
3) Show genuine Christian joy. If you want to attract people to what gives you so much consolation and happiness, be inviting and be joyful. Avoid the sourness some of the more extreme traditionalists and progressives have sadly worn for so long.
4) Show gratitude, gratitude, gratitude for what God gives us.
5) Don’t pontificate. Don’t bitch. Don’t whine. And did I mention don’t be rude?