Washington D.C., Oct 8, 2013 / 16:43 pm
U.S. Supreme Court justices and government officials at an annual Mass invoking the Holy Spirit's aid were reminded of the important role of respectful dialogue in the search for truth and unity.
"We can and should debate, refine positions, truly listen to each other and seek consensus on essentials and respect details that may well be different," Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas preached at the 61st annual Red Mass in Washington, D.C.
"If dialogue means anything, it means not only that we take another seriously but it means that we revere the other as a fellow human being with gifts and talents from God."
The Red Mass is an annual Mass of the Holy Spirit offered for the sake of judges, lawyers, diplomats and government officials, a tradition dating back to 13th century France.