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Guidelines for Contributors
This site is devoted to sorting out the criticism that Pope Francis is receiving from some cardinals and theologians through official channels. If you want to share in this exploration and discussion, please post your comments with us. They will be warmly accepted and appreciated.
Our #1 guideline is simple: Speak from your heart about things that are important to you. Weigh in with smart, informed ideas that contribute further to exploring the issues being discussed.
Our #2 guideline follows upon this: Help others to find the truth and the flaws in their thinking/acting, but do so in such a way that you don’t silence their voices or create fear in those who might want to support them.
Our #3: Please keep your posts reasonably brief, and please don’t get into off-topic side conversations. Don’t feed the trolls. Ignore those who are dogmatic and abusive. Downvote and flag their comments instead.
Our #4: Cherish the safety of all concerned. In some ways, safety is more important than truth-finding. Without safety, there can be no deep listening and no collaborative searching. And, without these qualities, no truth can be discovered, shared, and celebrated.
Our #5: Make use of biblical texts without appearing to be definitive and authoritative. Every line in the bible has a cultural and historical backdrop far removed from our own. Key texts have also gone through a long history of usage in the life of the church, and, even today, the meaning of texts changes as they are being interpreted by persons situated in new contexts. Consider ending your post by writing: “Have I missed something here?”
An example: Thus it is better not to pontificate, as Jerry did, when she posted: “Any intelligent person can see that when Jesus said, ‘this is not mine to grant’ (Matt 20:23), he said this because (a) he was totally unaware that he was the Messiah and (b) he was waiting for God to assign places in the world to come.” Jerry later modified her post as follows: “Matt 20:23 appears [to me] to be saying that Jesus (at this point in time) was unaware that he would be the Messiah (who would appoint who would sit on his right and left) and that he was waiting for God to assign places in the world to come. Have I missed something here?” Her final five words welcome transparency and dialogue.
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