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Retired curial archbishop teaches Islam at Ohio university

May 01, 2015

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National Public Radio has broadcast a story on Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, a retired curial official who is teaching a class on Islam this semester at John Carroll University, a Jesuit college located in a Cleveland suburb.

“I am just blown away every class,” said a Muslim student. “I feel so much happiness.”

The 77-year-old prelate was appointed secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in 1987 and served as the Pontifical Council’s president from 2002 to 2006. He then served as apostolic nuncio to Egypt until his retirement in 2012.

 


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  • Posted by: garedawg - May. 05, 2015 11:20 AM ET USA

    Is he "teaching Islam", that is, conducting a catechism class for prospective converts to Islam? Or is he "teaching about Islam", that is, using his academic specialty to teach a legitimate university-level class? Big difference.

  • Posted by: feedback - May. 02, 2015 2:34 PM ET USA

    Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - May. 01, 2015 10:34 AM ET USA

    Very naïve.