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Question from Sarah Lawrence on 10/12/2011:

my question is this, how do we discuss our spirituality with those of other religious backgrounds or people of other faith without coming across as not respective of their views.

Answer by Fr. Jay Toborowsky on 10/14/2011:

"Respective" means listening to them explain their views, maybe even why they feel the way they feel. Respective has to do with listening more than simply hearing, and has to do with what message we give off with our body language (are we making faces, shaking our heads, smiling, etc.). "Respective" does not mean we have to agree with them or the tenets of their beliefs. Then, when it's our turn to speak, if we explain ourselves clearly, again being careful not to use patronizing language or give off a "smugness", then we can say we've been respectful.

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