Conclusions & Lessons Learned
After more than four years of engaging in discussions (in-person and online) with:
- 'Modern' Catholics
I have arrived at the following principles for keeping discussions from flailing from one issue to another without ever reaching agreement on key points.
Tradical's Principles for Principled Discussions (TPPD)
- Keep calm, it is not your truth, it is the truth (Archbishop Lefebvre)
- It is pointless to argue with a person who defends an absurdity.
- Be aware of cultural landmines and when tripped, step back.
- Don't argue opinions, anchor all discussions in Doctrine!
Sadly, I have found that most people have a hard time reconciling their 'beliefs' with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Pray and Study!!!