Skip to comments.Christians and Muslims: From Competition to Collaboration
Posted on 05/18/2018 10:13:38 AM PDT by ebb tide
Christians and Muslims:
From Competition to Collaboration
Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters,
In his Providence, God the Almighty has granted you the opportunity to observe anew the fasting of Ramadan and to celebrate Id al-Fitr.
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue appreciates the importance of this month and the great effort by the Muslims throughout the world to fast, pray and share the Almightys gifts with the poor.
Mindful of the gifts prompted by Ramadan, we join you in thanking the Merciful God for his benevolence and generosity, and we extend to you our heartfelt best wishes.
The thoughts we would like to share with you on this occasion, dear Muslim brothers and sisters, concern a vital aspect of relations between Christians and Muslims: the need to move from competition to collaboration.
A spirit of competition has too often marked past relations between Christians and Muslims, the negative consequences of which are evident: jealousy, recriminations and tensions. In some cases, these have led to violent confrontations, especially where religion has been instrumentalized, above all due to self-interest and political motives.
Such interreligious competition wounds the image of religions and their followers, and it fosters the view that religions are not sources of peace, but of tension and violence.
To prevent and overcome these negative consequences, it is important that we Christians and Muslims recall the religious and moral values that we share, while acknowledging our differences. By recognizing what we hold in common and by showing respect for our legitimate differences, we can more firmly establish a solid foundation for peaceful relations, moving from competition and confrontation to an effective cooperation for the common good. This particularly assist those most in need, and allows us to offer a credible witness to the Almightys love for the whole of humanity.
We all have the right and the duty to witness to the All-Powerful One we worship, and to share our beliefs with others, while respecting their religion and religious sentiments.
So that we may further peaceful and fraternal relations, let us work together and honor each another. In this way we will give glory to the Almighty and promote harmony in society, which is becoming increasingly multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural.
We conclude by renewing our best wishes for a fruitful fast and a joyful Id, and assure you of our solidarity in prayer.
From the Vatican, 20 April 2018
Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran
+ Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.I.
Forgot to post the Barf Alert.
Barf alert is far too mild.
In the most kills from suicide bombs category, the Muslims are way ahead.
Thank you, infidel. Now die.
Okay...does this cardinal not understand that the Allah of Islam is NOT the one, true Almighty God but a demon??? What’s next? Sharing faith in the million+ gods of Hinduism?
Don't throw Francis under the bus....he's just repeating Roman Catholic teachings on this subject.
Continuing our discussion of interreligious dialogue, today we will reflect on dialogue with Muslims, who together with us adore the one, merciful God (Lumen gentium, n. 16; cf. CCC, n. 841). The Church has a high regard for them, convinced that their faith in the transcendent God contributes to building a new human family based on the highest aspirations of the human heart.
2. We Christians joyfully recognize the religious values we have in common with Islam. Today I would like to repeat what I said to young Muslims some years ago in Casablanca: We believe in the same God, the one God, the living God, the God who created the world and brings his creatures to their perfection (Insegnamenti, VIII/2, , p. 497). 4. Interreligious dialogue which leads to a deeper knowledge and esteem for others is a great sign of hope (Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Message to Muslims for the end of Ramadan, 1418/1998). The Christian and Muslim traditions both have a long history of study, philosophical and theological reflection, literature and science, which have left their mark on Eastern and Western cultures. The worship of the one God, Creator of all, encourages us to increase our knowledge of one another in the future.
In today's world where God is tragically forgotten, Christians and Muslims are called in one spirit of love to defend and always promote human dignity, moral values and freedom. The common pilgrimage to eternity must be expressed in prayer, fasting and charity, but also in joint efforts for peace and justice, for human advancement and the protection of the environment. By walking together on the path of reconciliation and renouncing in humble submission to the divine will any form of violence as a means of resolving differences, the two religions will be able to offer a sign of hope, radiating in the world the wisdom and mercy of that one God who created and governs the human family.
841 The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."330 CCC 841
3. The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth,(5) who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Since in the course of centuries not a few quarrels and hostilities have arisen between Christians and Moslems, this sacred synod urges all to forget the past and to work sincerely for mutual understanding and to preserve as well as to promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom.
Rome has gone off the rails on this issue....amongst others.
Why in the world would Christians wish to “cooperate” with a demonically inspired religion - beyond what is desirable in the name of a common humanity, eg the eradication of disease?
wow! that’s far far far worse than I’d even imagined....
the writer(s) of those Church statements are SICK (or corrupted...)
They should read their Bibles a bit...
Allah is the farthest thing possible from the One True God...
and Loving Creator he most Certainly is NOT
....anyone who’s even looked at a Koran can see all the hate, vitriol, and conquest-oriented instruction in there...
and Muslims are bombing and blowing people up and shooting them and knifing them and torching them and even sometimes crucifying them...and tunneling to attack them... and sending bombs against them using childrens’ kites...
every damned day lots of Muslims are murdering innocent victims, often without even any warning what’s coming...
its what they do.
as we read in Matthew,
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
All official Roman Catholic documents.
We used to call them by the general term “arabs.” Then after 9/11/01 it seemed to quickly change to “muslims.” Seemingly the world had the instantaneous insight that this was not a cultural battle but a religious one.
This, in context, is after "regarding with esteem" (A) Orthodox Christians; (B) Protestants; and (C) Jews.
A text without a context is a pretext.
very very very very very VERY depressing (and dangerous)
Nostra aetate does not say anything about the EO or Protestants.
ditto...if the God of Islam is not a demon, he is certainly Satan himself. Islam is the only religion on the earth that exists to NEGATE Jesus as Lord. Everything about Islam is the opposite of Christianity and the Catholic church is turning prostitute.
Yeah . . . now they can unite against all those hateful Biblical literalists in rural America!
A text without a context is a pretext.
Yeah . . . FR Catholics truly esteem "snake-handlers," "Bobble-toters," "brain-dead Bibliolators," people named "Cletus," and "Billy Bob's Glory Barn!"[/sarcasm]
All Vatican II or post-Vatican II.
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