How to Talk About Controversial Topics with Grace and Charm
Contraception, Abortion, SSA, IVF, and More
Everybody loves it. It’s on the tele, the internet, radio, it is THE longstandingapproach to journalism: sensationalism, get ‘em wound up, get ‘em excited,give them whatever is controversial.This was the whole idea of the Dan Brown series, “The Davinci Code.” It wasreally horrible screenplay, cinematography, and not researched at all. It hadonly one quality that attracted people- it was controversial.If we are going to speak about those topics that are controversial we have to beable to address in an effective way the very area of the human heart that is soattracted, fascinated, and fixated on controversy, our fallen human nature. What is our fallen human nature seeking? Jesus Christ! We are looking forlove but in all the wrong places. The first thing you have to do is give themChrist and put it in the context of LOVE. This is important too when you aregoing into secular arenas where they don’t believe in Christ, because here youhave to talk about him indirectly, while still addressing the human heart’sneed for love.Here are some simple principles that we can apply to all of our hot issues:1.Know the issue. Know the Church’s teaching on it. This is of utmostimportance. If you don’t know it or only know it enough to be dangerous, you won’t be able to know what points are really the most important and what points won’t be the right well to find water or mine to find gold.2.Pray 3.Keep it in the sphere of human love - be careful when they start talkingabout disagreements, dissension, violence, contradictions, uprisings, and just having a challenging and rebellious spirit.4.Pray.5. Do not be impressed, fascinated, or afraid of the “spirit of the world,” i.e.sophistication and high learning, fame and fortune, or a persuasivepersonality. Stay grounded in the truth. Stay humble. Keep it simple.6. Pray.7. Know your stuff. Know it using secular sources - these are really the best.Use statistics, studies, and articles from the most secular places so that it isclear that we are simply stating the truth also from a scientific point of view.8. Pray.