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lighter than air

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 03, 2007

"The future of humanity is at stake," the Vatican representative told an international body.

Gee. Sound serious. So what should we do?

Oh:inter-religious dialogue. Good. Our future is secure.

After all, we all share the human condition, and mankind is one big family, and we all want peace and Kumbaya, my lord...

What!? What?! Oh, yes, as I was saying...

The intrepid CWN reporter seems puzzled by the fact that the speech was delivered on April 24 but-- despite the looming crisis for the future of mankind-- not released until today. I think I can explain. When you pack this much excitement into a statement, a reader will need to, um, rest a bit, to recover his strength, before writing up the press release.

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  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 9:49 AM ET USA

    As I said to an Anglican friend recently: "You worship God in your way and I'll worship Him in His."

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2007 3:55 PM ET USA

    I'm all in favor of inter-religious dialog. I just call it "evangelization". Any other kind of inter-religious dialog is just plain uncharitable.

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2007 2:56 PM ET USA

    Pope Benedict has said, most notably in his Regensburg speech, that there is quite grave importance to substantive inter-religious dialogue. This is especially the case with Muslims who should renounce violence and dialogue reasonably. While Msgr. Follo's statement was admittedly boiler-plate pablum, I do think the Pope has made it clear that he wants inter-religious dialogue to be more than an academic exercise and set its sights on really helping a more peaceful "future of humanity" come.

  • Posted by: - May. 03, 2007 2:26 PM ET USA

    Not to be too un-PC about it, but I've had a gutful of ecumenism and interreligious dialogue. Why don't we just give away the store now and be done with it?

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