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Archbishop Cupich: dialogue with Muslims more important than ever

September 22, 2016

There is an “urgent need to cultivate positive dialogue” with Muslims, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago said in a statement.

The prelate, who serves as co-chairman of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, stated:

The report "Danger & Dialogue: American Catholic Public Opinion and Portrayals of Islam," recently published by the Bridge Initiative, a research project on Islamophobia based in Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim - Christian Understanding, raises serious questions about how Catholics view their Muslim brothers and sisters.

“When there is no attempt to learn more about one another, we see an increase in the tendency to be negative about those who are different from ourselves,” he added. “This diminishes all of us, as we face increasing incidents of religious intolerance across the globe.”

Acknowledging that “no one should dismiss the real threats that some Muslims who embrace a radical ideology, such as the members of the Islamic State, present to people of all faiths,” Archbishop Cupich said that it is “incumbent upon Catholics to recognize and raise up the positive voices from the Muslim world who clearly reject violence by practicing and teaching an Islam of peace, compassion and mercy.”


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  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - Sep. 23, 2016 12:38 AM ET USA

    Islamophobia: Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU) defines Islamophobia as "prejudice towards or discrimination against Muslims..." but isn't "Rational criticism of Islam or Muslims based on factual evidence..." The "Danger & Dialogue..." report published by the ACMCU’s Bridge Initiative doesn't give specifics of even one case of prejudice towards or discrimination against Muslims.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Sep. 22, 2016 10:06 PM ET USA

    The Bishop is reading the wrong information. Until senior Muslim leaders that have some sway on the language in the Koran and what is taught in their madrassa then you are barking up the wrong tree. Good luck to everyone.

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Sep. 22, 2016 7:16 PM ET USA

    We should read the referenced report, but against the background that a substantial number of Muslims choose to interpret the darker passages of the Koran/Sunna/Hadith as a call for jihad against the non-believers (us). Dialogue with the devil is impossible. Archbishop Cupich would be better advised to offer to help those Muslims who do not support radical Islam understand that and help us all to resist the evil of radical Islam.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Sep. 22, 2016 6:58 PM ET USA

    “When there is no attempt to learn more about one another, we see an increase in the tendency to be negative about those who are different from ourselves,” What is it we do not know about Islam that would make a difference? What nonsense!

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Sep. 22, 2016 10:35 AM ET USA

    Muslims interested in dialog will not be ISIS and terrorists. Perhaps the dialog could be the need for Muslims to go after the interpretations of the Koran justifying killing non-Muslims especially Jews and Christians. However dialog will not defeat ISIS and the terrorist enemy. This enemy needs to be soundly defeated by a steel resolve on our part as in Lepanto, Battle of Vienna, in union with our Lady. We need to re-read Pope Benedict's Regensburg address.

  • Posted by: feedback - Sep. 22, 2016 10:35 AM ET USA

    Growing Islamic terrorism is much greater danger to the world and especially to Christians in the Middle East than the alleged "Islamophobia" (whatever that means). It is not easy to say on whose side is the Archbishop.