The Synod of the Bishops : Intervention of the Shiite ayatollah Seyyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad

Source: FSSPX News

The first Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, held at the Vatican from October 10-24, was a meeting of representatives from the seven Eastern Catholic Churches on the topic: The Catholic Church in the Middle East: Communion and Witness. “Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul(Acts 4:32).

Intervention of the Shiite ayatollah Seyyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad

On October 14 Ayatollah Seyyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad, an Iranian Shiite, denied the existence of difficulties in relations between Christians and Muslims: “Christians live side by side and in peace with their Muslim brothers. They enjoy all legal rights like other citizens and perform their religious practices freely.”

Shortly before his intervention in the presence of the pope and the Synod Fathers, the ayatollah had declared to the press that “Iran is the best example for all Muslim countries in terms of respect for rights and minorities, which are the same as those given to Muslims.” The professor of law at the University of Tehran affirmed that “the rapport between Islam and Christianity […] has been founded upon friendship, respect and mutual understanding.” Thus there is “no problem, no difficulty in the relationship between Islam and Christianity in any Muslim country. There is no conflict caused by Christianity and Islam: there are only conflicts between groups under the cover of Islam and Christianity.”

Special Synod of the Bishops for the Middle East :

An ayatollah at the Synod
Presentation of the Synod
Opening of the Synod
Report from Rabbi David Rosen
A Lebanese bishop vigorously denounces the Koran
The final message of the Synod Fathers
The synod’s final propositions
The close of the Synod