Isabella R. Moyer is past president of the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities. She is a columnist for The Prairie Messenger, and her blog, catholic dialogue, promotes respectful dialogue instead of debate on issues of faith and church.

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Contract for Cincinnati archdiocese teachers builds walls, not bridges

In a homily on May 8, 2013, Pope Francis exhorted us to build bridges, not walls. He described the exclusionary attitudes when he was growing up. They were not to enter the homes of atheists, socialists or those married outside the church. Such an attitude was a defense of the faith, Francis said, but it was also one of walls. The Lord calls us to make bridges.

Real dialogue is messy, hard, and necessary

NCR Today: Dialogue is easy to talk about with sweet words and platitudes. Real dialogue is challenging and hard. Our words, whether spoken or written, expose our beliefs.

What does Pope Francis think of the upcoming canonizations?

Rome is preparing for the double canonization ceremony of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II on April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday. I wonder what Pope Francis really thinks of these papal canonizations. Elaborate celebrations of saintly elevation seem somehow incongruous with two main themes promoted by our current pope: being a poor church for the poor and being a more humble church, especially among her leaders.

Eulogies and the Catholic church

Why are eulogies viewed with such fear and suspicion in our church?