An ayatollah at the Synod

Source: FSSPX News

During the recent Synod for the Middle East, one of the guests invited to the Vatican was an Iranian Shiite ayatollah, who declared without batting an eyelid that there was “no problem, no difficulty in relations between Islam and Christianity in any Muslim country”. This statement, which is belied by the constant exodus of Christian populations from the Middle East, aroused no protest on the part of the bishops in attendance. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who is in charge of interreligious dialogue, simply remarked that the ayatollah’s declaration was surprising.

Given this lack of reaction, in the name of the interreligious dialogue promoted by Vatican II, it is helpful to reread the open letter sent to Benedict XVI in October 2008 by Magdi Christian Allam, a deputy editor of the Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera and a Muslim convert who was baptized by the pope himself during the Easter Vigil of 2008. In his letter he said, “I ask myself whether the Church realizes that by not affirming and by not standing up as a witness to the uniqueness, the absolute character, the universality and the eternity of the Truth in Christ, she ends up making herself an accomplice in the construction of a global pantheon of religions, in which everyone thinks that each religion is the depositary of a part of the truth, even though each religion claims a monopoly on the truth.

“Why should we be surprised afterward if Christianity, placed on the same level as a myriad of other beliefs and ideologies which give the most diverse answers to spiritual needs, ceases to fascinate, persuade and win the minds and hearts of these same Christians who increasingly abandon their churches, flee from the vocation to the priesthood, and more generally exclude the religious dimension from their life.”

It is high time to understand that interreligious dialogue, in the absence of reciprocity, is not dialogue but rather a bad bargain.

Abbé Alain Lorans