The Common Ground Project At the End of an Era
January-February 1997By Dale Vree
In our last three editorials (Oct., Nov., & Dec.), we really stuck our necks out. While the response has been overwhelmingly favorable, its been mixed with flurries of cancel my subscription notes. In between those two kinds of responses have been others, several of the wait a minute, now variety.
The misgivings usually revolve around our critique of the Common Ground Project (recently renamed the Common Ground Initiative but we will go with the original name here, for the sake of consistency and clarity). We received a letter from Jerome Wolbert of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Chicago which clearly captures the spirit of the misgivings. It deserves careful attention. Here is what he has to say (abridged and adapted):
Your November editorial, Rome Under Siege, was a skewed view of Cardinal Bernardins Common Ground Project, and this has been borne out by Bernardins replies to Cardinal Law and the others who questioned his motives.
I realize that dialogue is a code word which sets many minds on edge, but there needs to be a way of saying that we need to talk without saying that doctrine must change.
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