Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Indunil Janakaratne Kodithuwakku Kankanamalage as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. He is a priest of the diocese of Badulla, Sri Lanka, who until now has been the assistany-secretary of this department.
In an interview with Rome Reports, the prelate said that there are “clear signs that not everyone in the Muslim world is accepting jihadism.” He is basing this statement on the document “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” that was signed by both Pope Francis and the [Sunni] Imam of Al-Azhar in Abu Dhabi. And he continues, “This is a clear example.”
This example could not be more unfortunate. As we have shown in several articles (links below), the cited document is erroneous on the Catholic side, and sins by omission on the Muslim side. To want to find there a “clear sign” is to participate willingly in a serious illusion, which is unfortunately paid for in victims. Has Fr. Kankanamalage forgotten the Islamist attacks last Easter, which cost the lives of 300 people in his own country?
Nevertheless, the prelate insists that by encouraging interreligious dialogue, this text gives “a way out of tribalism,” which he sees as the principle problem. This is a desire to reduce the Islamist phenomenon and not grasp the very reality of Islam.
Jihad, completely missing from the document, is an essential element of Islam for Muslims, prescribed by the Qur'an and Islamic tradition (hadith). Of course, every Muslim is not a terrorist, but this fight, this armed struggle for the cause of Allah is genetically part of Islam. To make it disappear can only be accomplished by removing many passages from the Qur'an and annulling part of Muslim tradition.
A peace partially founded on natural elements can exist, which is certainly a good thing, but it will always be fragile. For peace is the work of justice, and only Jesus Christ gives God the worship that He justly deserves. Through His commandments and His law of love contained in the Gospel, He is the peaceful King who must reign over individuals as well as societies.
Unfortunately, since Vatican II, the neglect of this eminently religious truth has led the present hierarchy to be unfaithful to its duty. This forgetfulness leads to blindness that worsens in the measure that it develops its interreligious policy.