|National||CATHOLICS SHOULD DIALOGUE WITH EACH OTHER: CARDINAL|
While Catholics believe it's important to have dialogue with other faiths, their record for dialogue among their own Church members is not all that good, says visiting Archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony.
Cardinal Mahony was in Australia for the Caritas Helder Camara Lecture Series and was speaking at the Sydney's Lidcombe Catholic Club.
He said: "Few issues in a parish evoke as much heat, with little light, than the renewal of the Church's worship space. Hardened positions seem to become impossible to overcome, and various groups struggle and fight over the location of the tabernacle, the baptistery and the like," Cardinal Mahony said.
However, it was important that Catholics learnt to communicate with each other because "the spirit of true Christian dialogue demands this".
He said that the main barrier to dialogue is deeply engrained personal dispositions.
"Often unwittingly we are caught up in the self-absorption, self-preoccupation and self-fixation so characteristic of our times," he said.
Cardinal Mahony is a member of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace.
Cath Weekly 1:44pm 1/9/99