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L'Osservatore essay sees great promise for Assisi peace meeting

Catholic World News - July 12, 2011

Looking forward to the October inter-religious meeting in Assisi, an article in the Vatican newspaper suggests prayers for the success of the peace initiative, "in the hope and expectation of new surprises from the Holy Spirit."

Writing in L'Osservatore Romano, Maria Voce, the president of the Focolari movement, pressed the case for inter-religious cooperation in pursuit of peace:

Today, dialogue between religions cannot be limited only to leaders, scholars and specialists. It must become a dialogue of the people, a dialogue of life. We meet Christians and Muslims everywhere who are testament to the fact that one can progress from fear of the other to the discovery of the other and contribute to a peaceful living together in their cities.

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Jul. 18, 2011 11:04 PM ET USA

    Not included among the quotes from the full-length article- "You are here to be formed in a 'world mentality' to become 'world man'." Is she for real? Is this remotely synonymous language with that of so many previous pontiffs and saints? No wonder she speaks of "new surprises." The problem is her designation of the Holy Spirit as the source. The language and tone speak for themselves. They are truly revolutionary in light of Catholic teaching. "Contradicitur" echoes from the 5th century.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Jul. 14, 2011 8:37 AM ET USA

    Bishop Fellay made an interesting, albeit rather blunt, assessment of these meetings. With regard to the objects of devotion of non-Christians he declared: "They are devils!" Christ is the Prince of Peace. In reading these statements promoting the interreligious meetings one seldom sees any reference to urgency of Christ's Catholic plan of salvation for every one of us. The Catholic participants voluntarily suspend their mission of preaching salvation exclusively in the person of Christ.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Jul. 12, 2011 9:47 PM ET USA

    If a group of various individuals is in a desert and one of them has the keys to a brand new Greyhound bus, it does not make sense for the group to hold discussions about how to better get along in the desert. The owner advises the others to get on board and ride to a comfortable destination. The Church's prelates are charged with the mission to teach and to baptize, bringing souls to God. Previous popes vigorously reiterated this message repeatedly in strong remarks against indifferentism.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Jul. 12, 2011 4:49 PM ET USA

    The Assisi meetings are really embarassing to me as a traditional Catholic. Did not our Lord say that His kingdom was "not of this world?" A world peace bought at the expense of truth is a deal with the devil. No traditional believer of any religion is fooled by ecumenism or the Assisi insanity and I know from talking to others that seeing the Pope doing this stuff turns people away from Catholicism. It looks like apostasy from the mandate of Christ even if those are not his intentions.

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