Cardinal Tauran Pleads for the Pursuit of Interreligious Dialogue Regardless

Source: FSSPX News

Yona Metzger, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel talking with Cardinal Tauran.

In an interview published on January 3, 2013, in Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, invited all Catholics to pursue a dialogue with members of other religions. And this “in spite of the violence that takes the life of one Christian in the world every five minutes because of his faith.”

The French prelate observed that “many Catholics, although they desire to dialogue with other believers, are discouraged because of what is happening all around them.” But he wishes that this situation might be for believers “a stimulation to deepen their convictions and to prove, in the midst of so much violence, that all religions are in favor of fraternity.”

Evoking his recent visit to Nigeria, which is presently fighting against the violence of the Muslim sect Boko Haram, Cardinal Tauran pointed out that in spite of the dramatic nature of the actual situation, some experiences reveal positive signs. “Unfortunately, there also exist less encouraging situations,” especially in Egypt, he added. The President of the Roman dicastery denounced “the deviant minorities” in Islam that “use religion to justify the use of violence.” He regrets that “the weight of fundamentalism may make the religious and spiritual dimension of Islam be forgotten.” – This interreligious dialogue in spite of all opposition is becoming a denial of reality. It is what we call utopia chasing after an illusion.

(sources: apic/imedia – DICI#268 Jan. 18, 2013)

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