- Kim Halle
How can a fifteen minute presentation on the Roman Catholic Church change the world?
As participants in the Global Issues Network Annual Conference in Luxembourg, I am currently mentoring a team of 8 students to speak on the subject of "Living in a World of 7 billion", in which they get the opportunity to speak twice for fifteen to twenty minutes on a subject of their choosing. Having recently read shocking stories in the media on certain practices and stances of the Roman Catholic Church, the team fired up on the issue and decided to choose it as a topic.
However, in the interest of constructive discussion and perspective, as well as to avoid conflict and perhaps short-sightedness, they wish to cover both positive and negative aspects of the Roman Catholic Church's practices and stance. Positives include humanitarian aid and education, whilst negatives revolve mostly around child abuse.
In order to avoid generalizations and stark accusations, and to promote a world of tolerance and moral behavior without offending any Catholics in their audience, how do you suggest they tackle the issue? They wish only to promote fairness, justice and equality, and call to action for a more sustainable, righteous and comfortable future in a world of 7 billion. They wish only to inspire their audience and press forward for a better future.
If you are willing to help, please suggest your views on the following.
How should they structure their talk?
What issues do you suggest they cover?
And most importantly, how can they have a meaningful impact?
Thank you for your invaluable help!