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All religions should renounce ties with violence: Cardinal Marx

June 08, 2017

Every religious group should renounce any association with violence, Cardinal Reinhard Marx said in an interview with Luxemburger Wort.

“Religions simply must ask themselves—and permit themselves to be asked—whether by the way they are being interpreted or lived, they are contributing toward justifying or even fueling conflicts,” said the German cardinal. He said that Christians should engage in this examination as well as Muslims, and added that the Catholic Church has learned over the centuries to renounce the use of force.

Cardinal Marx, who is a member of Council of Cardinals advising Pope Francis, said that true religious faith is never the inspiration for violence. However, he said, religious leaders should be on guard against those who exploit their faith as a “pious framework” for violent ideology.


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  • Posted by: feedback - Jun. 09, 2017 7:07 PM ET USA

    All religions? There is only one particular religion actually involved in beheadings, stabbings, suicidal explosions, and driving trucks into crowds with the intent to kill as many as possible. It's an easy list of "religions with ties to violence," with a single entry.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Jun. 09, 2017 12:43 AM ET USA

    Cardinal Marx practices what he preaches! He's diligently trying to rid Germany of the possibility of Catholic-inspired violence by ridding it of Catholics.