Alaska bishop can’t quite see Mecca from his window, but evidently, he can “feel the love”.

For some Americans, their first encounter with Islam came from associations made by learning more about the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the people involved. For a number of citizens, the religion of Islam has become an object of suspicion and hostility.

In the 1960s, the Catholic Church took into consideration Islam and Muslim believers at the Second Vatican Council. The Council documents state:

“The Church has also a high regard for the Muslims. They worship God, who is one, living and subsistent, merciful and almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men [and women]. They strive to submit themselves without reserve to the hidden decrees of God, just as Abraham submitted himself to God’s plan, to whose faith Muslims eagerly link their own. Although not acknowledging him as God, they venerate Jesus as a prophet, his Virgin Mother they also honor, and even at times devoutly invoke. Further, they await the day of judgment and the reward of God following the resurrection of the dead. For this reason they highly esteem an upright life and worship God, especially by way of prayer, alms-deeds and fasting.

Over the centuries many quarrels and dissensions have arisen between Christians and Muslims. The sacred Council now pleads with all to forget the past, and urges that a sincere effort be made to achieve mutual understanding; for the benefit of all men [and women], let them together preserve and promote peace, liberty, social justice and moral values.”


Editor’s note: Hey, bishop … how many Muslims live up there in the Great White North?

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