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European bishops to discuss relations with Islam

Catholic World News - April 30, 2013

Representatives from 20 of the member nations of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) will gather in London from May 1-3 to discuss relations with Islam.

The theme of the conference is “Dialogue and Proclamation”; the keynote speaker will be Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

According to the CCEE, the conference will address the following questions:

Is dialogue with Muslims possible as an integral part of the New Evangelization and, therefore, also as an opportunity to proclaim Jesus Christ, fully respecting individual freedom and, yet, without hiding our beliefs? And how do Christian and Muslim youths build their identity in contemporary European society? Is the current (economic, family and ethical) crisis affecting young people’s identity? To summarize, what are the Church’s challenges in those domains where multiculturalism is a daily experience?

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  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - Apr. 30, 2013 3:48 PM ET USA

    Is dialogue with Muslims possible? No, because of Islam itself. Islam teaches that Muslims have carte blanche to mistreat and steal from and lie to any non-Muslim. Dialogue cannot occur when one side is inherently dishonest, and Muslims are dishonest. Their own personal integrity extends only to other Muslims. A Muslim may choose to be honorable to a non-Muslim, but Islam does not require it, and instead endorses any reprehensible behavior provided it is directed at non-Muslims.

  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 30, 2013 11:55 AM ET USA

    Wonder if this will turn out to be just another politically correct conference ending with touchy-feely conclusions, or not? The reality is that Islam will soon become the dominant religion in Europe at its current rate. Immigration and the secularization of the multinational bodies of Europe all should impact any real discussion. Recognizing the real hostility Islam has for Christianity will, I'll bet, not be a topic for discussion...

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