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John Allen and Archbishop Collins of Toronto on the Respected Other" and the Movements PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 January 2007 16:48
Allen makes some intriguing points of his own and then so does the Archbishop.


"One crucial element in shaping personality is what we might call the “respected other.” By that, I mean the kind of person with whom someone is in deep, sustained conversation, with whom they share a base of values, but with whom they also have important differences. Negotiating this relationship with the “respected other,” balancing one’s identification with it against the continual need to distinguish oneself from it, usually occupies a significant share of someone’s intellectual and emotional energy.

For the quintessential post-Vatican II bishop, this “respected other” was usually secular liberalism. . . .

For the typical John Paul II bishop, on the other hand, and now the typical Benedict XVI bishop, the “respected other” is instead more often Evangelical Christianity as well as secular cultural conservatism. Such bishops would feel more affinity with an Evangelical Bible study group than, say, the typical religious studies faculty at a state university. Policy wonks among them are more likely to have read the latest titles from Francis Fukuyama or Dinesh D’Souza than this week’s New Republic. They move in the same thought world, and share many of the same instincts – primarily the sense of a basic cultural clash with secularity, and the consequent imperative to defend a strong sense of identity. Yet many are also conscious of potential exaggerations in their “respected other,” such as ghettoization, judgmentalism, and over-concentration on a narrow canon of cultural issues."

Archbishop Collins:

On the Movements in the Church

“I’ve sought to try to understand their particular charism, to have all of them speaking to the bishop and, if possible, to have them speaking to one another. They’re a great richness in the church, but we can’t become globulized into this kind of Catholic or that kind of Catholic. The key is that they center in on the parish and the diocese, and that they provide their special gift or their charism for the service of the whole church, and that they not become disconnected from the whole church.

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