“I am personally very hopeful and anxious to see the future developments of this pontificate,” Bauman said. “I have been struck by the emphasis Bergoglio places on dialogue: a real dialogue, not just the kind you get by speaking to people who think more or less like you. It’s when you compare ideas with individuals who see things from a completely different point of view that dialogue becomes interesting; in this case, the different sides may very well be driven to change their personal opinions.”
Blogger: It is indeed amazing how people are stunned when you politely tell them that you disagree with them. It is as if the experience is completely novel to them. I sometimes have to ask them: "Is it OK if I disagree with that?" And sometimes the reaction is an arrogant reluctance to recognize my obvious right to disagree, a right that is not going away, although I might go away and find someone more magnanimous with whom to speak.
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