A reader writes:
Your reader asks: “We are living at a time when we all have direct access to papal encyclicals, right here on our desktops courtesy of www.vatican.va But where can one go to chat with other lay people who actually read any part of such things?”
One suggestion is to look for a discussion group online. For a time, I belonged to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VaticanII-Doc/, a pretty active (at least it was when I left) discussion of particular Vatican II documents. They follow along a set schedule of documents and paragraphs, and have a set of guided questions that the moderator asks. Your reader might check it out, or look for something similar.
I left Stephen’s name on this in case folks want to network.