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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Nov 05, 2021

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and


The Jesuit journal in Rome, La Civiltà Cattolica, is co-sponsoring with Georgetown University a conference on “The Culture of Encounter” this Monday and Tuesday. The full title of the event is “The Culture of Encounter: The Future of Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue”. In encouraging the conference, Pope Francis emphasized that “this is the path toward building the future together.”

Of course, I grant that anyone familiar with the Jesuit leadership both in Rome and at Georgetown will not be confused into thinking this conference will include any substantive Christian content. But at least it can serve as the latest example of secularized Christian vapidity.

The “culture of encounter” (per Georgetown’s event page) is a “signature contribution of Pope Francis’s pontificate”.  …

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