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 a PhD candidate & sessional academic at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. After almost 10 years in ministry as a Lutheran pastor, I was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. I worked for the Archdiocese of Melbourne for 18 years in Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations. I have been editor of Gesher for the Council of Christians & Jews and am guest editor of the historical journal “Footprints”. I have a passion for pilgrimage and pioneered the MacKillop Woods Way.
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One 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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