It’s Chris Motz’s job to talk about two topics that many people try to avoid: religion and politics.
So, how does he start discussions without starting a fight?
“Delicately is maybe one way to approach it,” he said, “but also to just name it right upfront, that this is hard for people to talk about sometimes, but it’s OK.”
Motz is the first executive director of the newly created South Dakota Catholic Conference, which is based in Sioux Falls and is jointly sponsored by the Catholic dioceses of Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Motz was interviewed by the Rapid City Journal last week at the newspaper’s office for an episode of the Mount Podmore political podcast, which is available on the newspaper’s website, iTunes and other podcast apps.