conversationsI was driving down the road, home from the grocery store, when I heard the news about Dr. Tiller.

I almost drove off the road.

I write with a heavy heart this week, though so fortunate to have a forum like this one for thinking about what this means for my young adult Catholic identity (p.s. happy birthday, blog!!)

Dr. Tiller once said: “Together, we will create a society and a paradigm shift so that every pregnancy is an invited guest in the woman’s body and a welcome addition to her family.”

I share this dream with Dr. Tiller.

As a teenager, I helped decorate the Youth Pro-Life Float through our parish in our town’s local 4th of July Parade.  In college, I began to wonder why pro-choice should mean anti-life.  Today, I am tending toward Pres. Obama’s camp—we have to learn how to have conversations across the chasm between perspectives on the debate.

As young adults, we know how to talk—we facebook each other, text big news, email our co-workers, call someone to chit-chat, video chat, blog and g-chat to keep in touch…we live in the age of communication.  If our generation cannot learn how to communicate across the abortion debate, I am not sure which generation might.

As young Catholics, we have come of age in a post-Vatican II Catholicism.  Our purviews and perspectives need not be confined by arguments of our foremothers and fathers.  We get to define the conversations and debates for ourselves—and let’s include frank, honest conversation about abortion in that, too.

And then, maybe, we can all share in bringing about Dr. Tiller’s dream.

Kate Dugan is a 29-year-old Catholic living on a boat on Harstine Island, Washington. A while ago, Iearned my Master of Theological Studies and am constantly surprised by how being Catholic affects me in side-ways–its funny to me when I notice rituals in my daily life– Transubstantiation on my walk to work, Reconciliation in my new marriage, breaking bread over a barbecue grill.

2 thoughts on “Conversations…please.

  1. Pro-choice should not mean anti-life. It means being able to sustain life when all circumstances are conducive to bringing up a child, and to some unfortunate women, this just isn’t the case.

    So conversation is an important and essential component in overcoming divisive issues. Of course, reaching reasonable solutions isn’t possible without first entering into dialoge and conversation, even with sides we don’t agree. I hope that President Obama’s presidency will awaken a sense of dialogue and conciliation not only within political spectrums but in numerous different sectors throughout our Church and our world. Just a few days ago I read in article from America Magazine that described Obama as a genuinely Vatican II President, who sees diaglogue as one of the most fundamental skills and resources in crafing peace as well as confronting domestic and international issues. Hopefully the leaders of the Church can once again recognize how necessary dialoge is, FROM BOTH SIDES! Thanks Kate for bringing up such a pertinent and relavent point!

  2. Thanks Kate, such an important topic. Someone I went to college with wrote on his facebook page that Obama is pro-baby killing. to which I wrote, no one is pro-baby killing. That no one aspires to it, its never something someone things, “woo hoo!”

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