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.
Peccator apud peccatores, et insanus apud insanos
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