July 3rd, 2008
Being Catholic and Being American
In a cultural climate such as the United States— where the sense of polarization along social, economic, political and religious lines seems to be the default posture — maintaining unity amidst great diversity has become a profound challenge. As this division grows it can become increasingly difficult to hold onto one’s identity while being open to the values, beliefs, and cultures of others.
How can I be a free person while living in community? This question is a practical application of the age-old philosophical problem of maintaining unity amidst diversity. How can I retain my uniqueness while belonging to others is a question faced by every family, every neighborhood,…