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Vatican document denies link between faith and violence

CWN - January 16, 2014

Combating the common charge that religion is a cause of violence and warfare, the International Theological Commission has issued a document stressing that Christian belief is inherently incompatible with calls for violence.

The new document, which was released in an Italian-language format on January 16, will soon be made available in various translations. It is entitled: “God, the Trinity, and the Unity of Humanity: Christian Monotheism and its Opposition to Violence.” The text, the result of a 5-year project by the International Theological Commission, was approved by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

“The Christian faith, in fact, sees the incitement of violence in the name of God as the greatest corruption of religion,” International Theological Commission said in a statement introducing the document. “Christianity reaches this conviction from the revelation of and resurrection of Christ, as the key to the reconciliation of human beings.”

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jan. 19, 2014 9:03 PM ET USA

    You know, we always hope that the "moderate" Muslims will "restrain" the violent tendencies of the radicals, but who should have been restraining the violent tendencies of the Crusaders...? In a scholarly book on St Francis descriptions of his sojourn in the Holy Land take on horrific dimensions which the seraphic father was painfully aware of. The Vatican could easily put to rest complaints about dysfunctional religion, simply by admitting their own historical guilt.

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