Anger, and the need for dialogue

21st February 1997 at 00:00
Alan McManus's letter (TESS, January 24) leaves me surprised and disappointment that he chose to air his views through the columns of a newspaper and not among his colleagues, of whom I was one.

Having spent some time in South America Mr McManus no doubt became acquainted with a contextual theology, dialogue and liberation; he speaks of human rights and justice. Yet it seems he has failed to reappropriate any of this "experience".

Having myself returned from South America 10 years ago I recognise many of the traits of the "angry young man". After some years of reflection I felt my own imbalance and anger with systems and institutions gave way to an appreciation of dialogue.

It is my view that Mr McManus failed to dialogue with myself or anyone else within his subject specialisation (RE). I am concerned therefore that he may be accused of the apparent "violence" he seeks to highlight as "neither exhaustive nor the experience of the few".

I sincerely believe there is a place for disturbing the peace but not by abusing my human rights and dignity by casting me in the role of complicity with the alleged oppression, yet excluding me from any dialogue.



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