OPEN THREAD…Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal

OPEN THREAD…Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal April 27, 2015

Vox Nova is pleased to welcome the following guest post by reader Mike McG…

At 4:30 Eastern today, April 27th, Notre Dame is opening a conference entitled Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal. A full explanation is available at Also, the conference has a Twitter feed:  #UnaEcclesia.

This thread serves as a forum for Vox Nova readers to watch the plenary presentations by live stream, and to comment on these plenary speeches given.

Please plan to watch to the conference’s plenary addresses live streamed at on April 27th at 4:30 Eastern. Five very impressive plenary panelists will address the conference: Brownsville Bishop Daniel Flores; Notre Dame President John Jenkins, CSC; St. Louis University Professor of Christian Ethics Julie Hanlon Rubio; Notre Dame Professor of Sociology Christian Smith; and National Catholic Reporter Columnist Michael Sean Winters.

Then please plan to share your thoughts after listening to the plenary speakers. This blog conversation will take place in the comment boxes below. As a conference delegate I will be sharing my observations via this thread at the same time that you are doing so. I am sure I will ask you to comment on the five panelists’ presentations in light of your personal lived experiences as American Catholics. I will be eager to learn whether any of the panelists particularly spoke to your heart, and if so how so.

Please participate in this forum. All Vox Nova readers are encouraged to comment. A special invitation is extended to those occasional and even regular Vox Nova readers who rarely or never comment. Let’s all weigh in on the topic of American Catholic polarization.

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