“Dialogue is essential” in order to put an end to conflicts.

Source: FSSPX News

 

In Istanbul, from November 7 to 9, the second international conference took place, organized by Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and rabbi Arthur Scheiner president of the “Appeal of Conscience Foundation” of New York, on the theme of “Peace and tolerance- dialogue and understanding in South Eastern Europe, Caucasia and Central Asia”.

 Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the Unity of Christians represented the Pope. Mgr. Antonio Maria Veglio, secretary of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches and Mgr. Norbert Hofmann, secretary of the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, were also present.

 On November 8, the cardinal read a message from Benedict XVI to all the participants. “A society which is in good health always promotes respect for the inviolable and inalienable rights of all people”. “Moral relativism is undermining the workings of democracy, which alone is not enough to guarantee tolerance and respect between peoples”, explained the pope. “The themes of peace and tolerance are of essential importance in a world where rigid attitudes have so often caused misunderstandings and even led to violence and death”, continued Benedict XVI. “Dialogue is indispensable”, he specified, in order to find “solutions to the conflicts and tensions which are devastating society”.

 This dialogue “is the duty of every person of good will”, added the pope, and “particularly of every leader, in order to establish a society of peace and to overcome the temptation to aggressive and futile confrontation between different cultures and different ethnic groups”. All peoples “have a responsibility to make their own contribution to peace and harmony by placing their spiritual, cultural gifts and their moral values at the service of the human family”, concluded the Sovereign Pontiff. “This goal can be achieved if, at the heart of the economy, of the social and cultural development of each community, there exists a particular respect for the life and the dignity of every human person”.