(Previous interview may be found here.)
IC: Good morning, Prof. Tulio, and welcome back. I am looking forward to our conversation about solidarity.
Tulio: Thank you. It's good to be here. Solidarity is a beautiful traditional teaching of our relationship with each other as brothers and sisters.
IC: Righto. OK, first thing. When do we get to kick out the heretics?
Tulio: Excuse me?
IC: You know, in the pants. Out of Holy Mother Church.
Tulio: I don't quite follow.
IC: Well, solidarity is the virtue that doctrine needs to be solid and certain, and I think there are a bunch of folks not measuring up.
Tulio: Uh. No...solidarity is the teaching that we are bound in love to each other as one human family in Christ, and that we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers.
IC: I'm a keeper?
Tulio: In a sense.
IC: Oh. (long pause) So I can still "keep" my heretic brothers out, right?
Tulio: Look, this doesn't have to do with doctrinal heresy. Let me read here: John Paul II defined solidarity in Solicitudo Rei Socialis as "a Christian virtue. It seeks to go beyond itself to total gratuity, forgiveness, and reconciliation. It leads to a new vision of the unity of humankind, a reflection of God's triune intimate life...."
IC: So we--you and me--are in solidarity with each other? (a weak nod) How does that work?
Tulio: It means that we need to recognize each other's dignity as a child of God through concrete acts of love, through prayer, charity, and work for justice, and that we are one Body in Christ.
IC: OK, but love doesn't seem very "solid" to me. I know 'cause I got dumped a couple of times.
Tulio: Eros isn't very solid, you're right. But God's love is more solid than anything on earth.
IC: Whoa, that's deep. And very orthodox! Thanks for coming by--I'm happy to be solid with you, Professor Tulio!
Tulio: Thanks, I think.
(sheds a tear, walks quickly back to ivory tower)
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