On 8 November, the DIALOP position paper was presented in the European Parliament, documenting the common positions of Christians and leftists on a common social ethic.
DIALOP members presenting the position paper “Seeking a common future
in solidarity” in the European Parliament.
On 8 November, with the support of the Left Group in the European Parliament, 40 people from 9 EU countries gathered in the Altiero Spinelli Building and a hundred others followed the presentation of the position paper “Seeking a common future in solidarity. Christians and Marxists/Socialists in
dialogue” by live stream.
The document on shared positions in the Christian socialist dialogue, written by Prof. Michael Brie – president of the scientific committee of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation – and the Belgian sociologist Prof. Bernhard Callebaut of the Sophia University Institute, analyses how, as antagonists in the past, Christianity and Marxism are confronting another wall to break down, that of savage capitalism, and how they find surprising affinities in the present.
In the message and in the person of Pope Francis they also find a figure who unites people, a leader and a travelling companion. "In common struggles”, states the position paper, “we are working on projects guided by shared visions."
In the document the projects are defined as work tracks: "an economy of life; a community of caring; a politics of solidary transformation; a world in which there is room for many worlds; the dignity of each individual in a rich world of commons; and for a togetherness of peace." The question of how the projects are expressed in practice, at the time of the debate, is therefore inevitable. Walter Baier, of transform!europe, one of the initiators and coordinators of Dialop, responded to this: "We move on three levels", he explains, "first dialogue, as a cultural initiative, to become a think tank; second involve people in the work for solidarity, as in the initiatives for immigrants and refugees; third stimulate political involvement, especially for peace-building".
A renewed commitment to dialogue has begun once again from Brussels, with a momentum of inclusiveness, and an awareness that dialogue is a "permanent work in progress".
DIALOP is project of dialogue between Socialists/Marxists and Christians, involving intellectuals, academics, politicians, activists and students from several European Countries. DIALOP is also a partner organisation of transform! europe.