By Corinne Winter
On Jan. 21, we celebrated the national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Jan. 22, St. Ambrose University hosted a march in commemoration of the local civil rights movement, a movement in which Catholics as well as members of other churches and faith communities played key roles. The cooperation we see in that effort to set a wrong right exemplifies for me the spirit of Gaudium et spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.
That document, promulgated in 1965 after being approved at the fourth session of the Second Vatican Council, calls for dialogue between the Church and the world in which we live. It proposes that the Church being in the world and not apart from it, can both teach and learn from the rest of the world (see, for example, para 44).
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