Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Cardinal sees difficulties in talks with Islam

by Steve Ray on October 23, 2007

Rome, Oct. 23, 2007 (www.CWNews.com) – Responding to an initiative by 138 Islamic officials, the president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue has welcomed a bid for talks between Christian and Muslim leaders, but warned about inevitable difficulties in that dialogue.

tauran.jpgIn an interview with the French newspaper La Croix, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran pointed out that Muslims do not accept the sort of inter-religious dialogue that Christians have come to expect. For example, he said, Muslims "will not allow in-depth discussion of the Qu'ran," since they believe that the words were literally dictated by Allah, and any questioning of the text borders on blasphemy.

Because Islamic leaders refuse to discuss the fundamental basis of their beliefs, the French cardinal said, "it is difficult to discuss the content of their faith."

Cardinal Tauran said that insofar as talks with Muslims can be pursued, Christian leaders should insist that Islamic societies respect religious freedom, in the same way that the western world respects the rights of Muslims. Specifically, he said, "if they can have mosques in Europe, it is reasonable to expect them to allow churches built in their countries."

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Make sure to See and Support Bella

by Steve Ray on October 23, 2007

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This is a great movie that the winner at the Toronto Film Festival and many others. It is a marvelous and touching love story with a bold pro-life theme. It is recommended that all Christians see this movie, not only because it is a great movie, but because we need to support other Christians who make movies that are pure, wholesome and promote the Culture of Life.

Click here for the website and to find a theatre. Click here to watch the trailier. It opens on October 26! To find a theatre near you, click here.

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John Paul II seen in the Fire?

by Steve Ray on October 23, 2007

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Someone claimed they saw John Paul II silhouetted in a bonfire in Poland. Vatican Radio unhappily covered the story. Check out the story on Jimmy Akin's blog.

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