Oh, this is shameful. The first rule of dialogue – any kind of dialogue, but certainly of interreligious dialogue – is that when the going gets tough the dialogue gets going. You don’t – not EVER – walk away from the table. If there is a disagreement, a debate, a bone of contention, you sit down and talk about it. That fits any interpersonal relationship, again, certainly interreligious dialogue. After the recent killings of Coptic Christians in Egypt, Pope Benedict’s call for respect for all citizens and their religious freedom was a frank exchange in the dialoge. For the University of al-Azhar to walk away from the table in reaction shows a complete lack of commitment to dialogue through thick and thin. It is not only a shame. It is shameful.

About Schütz

I am Catholic, married to Cathy, father of Maddy & Mia. Since 2002, I have been the Executive Officer of the Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. I was once a Lutheran pastor, but a "year of grace" and soul-searching led me into the Catholic Church. It was a bumpy ride, but with the support of my (still Lutheran) wife, I was finally confirmed on June 16, 2003.
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1 Response to Shameful

  1. Matthias says:

    well it is funded by that pariah of intolerance and evil and who everyone should be jumping on-saudi Arabia. I believe that the Judgement of God will fall upon this kingdom for its persecution of Christians,for its twisting of God’s Law and for its appalling oppression of women

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