To dialogue is to stick to the issues that matter

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Wow, WEDNESDAY JOURNAL sure did its readers a favor by publishing a letter from Don Gregor ("Abortion a matter of personal choice, not 'dogmatic teachings'", June 1), that master of dialogue. Note to Mr. Gregor?#34;dialogue does not consist of: Ignoring every substantive point made by your interlocutor (do you have anything to say about the victims of abortion? the relative weight of the other life issues?); changing the subject (the relative merits or lack thereof of the Catholic Church were demonstrably not the central point of my article); and demonizing your interlocutor by placing him in the role of an idiotic Nazi crooner. On the latter point, Mr. Gregor is a positive genius of dialogue when his gifts in this regard are considered next to his appreciation for irony. He supports a practice which results in the death of more than a million innocents every year, and yet he thinks I make a pretty good Nazi.

And although my arguments were not primarily about the Catholic Church, Mr. Gregor's points about the Church cry out for some response. About an hour's worth of research would have shown Mr. Gregor that the allegations about "Hitler's Pope" (in a book of that title) have been the subject of review after review which at the very least call them into serious question and arguably dismantle them entirely. There is a nuanced response to Gregor's tired point about Galileo, but this is not the place, and, given his cartoonish description of the issue, I'm not sure he'd get it. And as for the quote from Frank Lloyd Wright, I have no idea what point Gregor is trying to make with this, but Wright, as usual, has forgotten something: honest humility.

I think I hear in Mr. Gregor's personal religion of "individualism, curiosity, responsibility, and integrity" the first bars of "Tomorrow Belongs to Me." He thinks he hears them in my religion. One thing's for sure, though: no one hears millions of aborted babies singing that song.

I look forward to WJ printing some letters that are genuinely interested in responding to Mr. Trainor's call for dialogue.

Greg Black
Oak Park

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