Vatican reaffirms openness to dialogue with Islam in response to withdrawal of Muslim scholars

Fr Federico Lombardi S.J. reaffirmed the Vatican’s position of “openness and readiness to dialogue” with Islam in response to the withdrawal of Muslim representatives from talks. Fr. Lombardi stated that the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue is collecting the information needed to adequately understand the situation, and determine how to proceed.

The halt to dialogue, moreover comes one month before the next scheduled meeting of the Joint Committee for Dialogue of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Permanent Committee of al-Azhar for Dialogue among the Monotheistic Religions.

Protect the Pope comment: The decision by the Muslim representatives to suspend dialogue with the Holy See is totally perplexing. What was wrong with Pope Benedict calling on respective Muslim countries to protect their Christian minorities? It was imperative for him to speak out because up to now both Egypt and Pakistan have conspicuously abandoned their Christian citizens to the violence of the fundamentalist mobs. Pope Benedict has a duty to speak out in defence of Christians throughout the world as the successor of St. Peter.

Now we see if the Muslim representatives public denouncements of violence in the name of religion mean anything or were they just playing up to the western media?

http://www.radiovaticana.org/EN1/Articolo.asp?c=455899

7 comments to Vatican reaffirms openness to dialogue with Islam in response to withdrawal of Muslim scholars

  • louella

    Justice for Christians in Islamic lands must be the clear aim of dialogue….not perpetual mollycoddling and time wasting.

  • Karla

    I pray for all Christians that are persecuted. Muslims should reopen dialogue with the Vatican and see we should unite.

  • Pedro

    I have to say I’m as puzzled as everyone else. The Pope’s request to recognise the rights of the Christian minority in Egypt seems perfectly reasonable, and if anything, rather understated.

  • Tim H

    Is this a problem with Islam or a problem with the governments of certain muslim countries? I am all for interfaith dialogue (and that has to be the part of a long term solution to interfaith violence) but if the immediate aim is to stop attacks on Christians in certain countries, the pressure and condemnation ought to be bought to bear on the Governments of those countries to control the criminal/terrorist elements in their own countries (which means that the Pope was perfectly right to condemn Eygypt).

    ..is the distinction not of key importance? If it is an “interfaith” matter then the Pope is the man to be leading this, if it is an intergovernmental matter then I don’t think he can do it on his own, he needs to be joined by other governments (including the heads of states who can actually take punative action – sanctions etc – or offer assistance in enabling countries like Eygpt to uphold their own laws)

  • Karla

    While religion in China may not be a big topic for discussion during President Hu Jintao’s meeting with President Obama this week, many experts say that an explosive growth in Christianity may be transforming the officially atheist regime.

    According to China Aid, a Texas-based human rights group, the number of Christians in China has increased 100-fold since 1949. Current estimates range from 80 million to 130 million active members. And one startling estimate from a Chinese Christian businessman has that number doubling or even tripling in the next generation.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/01/20/christianity-china/#ixzz1BbKxz3Ms

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