The Concept of Dialogue The term "dialogue" may be understood in 3 ways:
  1. At the purely human level, it means reciprocal communication leading to a common goal, or at a deeper level, interpersonal communion.
  2. It can be taken as an attitude of respect and friendship which permeates or should permeate all those activities constituting the evangelizing mission of the Church. - "The Spirit of Dialogue"
  3. In the context of religious pluralism, the term means all the positive and constructive interreligious relations with individuals and communities of other faiths which are directed at mutual understanding and enrichment, in obedience to truth and respect for freedom. It includes both witness and the exploration of respective religious convictions (Dialogue & Proclamation, n. 9).

Dialogue does not originate from tactical concerns or self-interest, but is an acitivity with its own guiding principles, requirements and dignity. It is demanded by deep respect for everything that has been brought about in human beings by the Spirit who blows where he wills. Through dialogue, the Church seeks to uncover the "seeds of the Word", a "ray of Truth which enlightens all people"; these are found in individuals and in the religious traditions of humankind. Dialogue is based on hope and love, and will bear fruit in the Spirit." (Redemptoris Missio 56).