Catholic interfaith efforts toward Muslims: naive, self-defeating, suicidal?


…New York’s Timothy Cardinal Dolan paid a visit last summer to the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center in Tompkinsville on Staten Island, where he met with a large group of Muslim leaders. As is often the case when Catholic prelates meet with Muslims, his theme was the common ground shared by the two faiths. Cardinal Dolan told his Islamic audience, “You love God, we love God, and he is the same God,” and he thanked them “for making me feel like a friend and a member of a family.” He went on to tell them how much they share in common with Catholics: “Your love of marriage and family, your love of children and babies, your love of freedom — religious freedom particularly — your defense of life, your desire for harmony and unity and your care for others, your care for God’s creation and your care for those who are in need.”

Perhaps this is true of the Muslims of Tompkinsville, but unfortunately the cardinal’s words will be taken as an endorsement of Islam in general. I say “unfortunately” because what he says about the common values and beliefs of Muslims and Catholics is highly misleading.

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  1. “…naïve, self-defeating, suicidal?”

    Surely all three. But especially the third, which is virtually synonymous with the second. As for the first, well, what can I say about such a fatuous, credulous post-V-II prelate that has not already been said? Naïveté is the most charitable characterization one can posit on such a specimen.

    Let the “dialogue” continue! And conversion be damned!

    As an aside: Thomas More, in A Man for All Seasons, said this to the perjurer Richard Rich: “Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world… but for Wales?”

    In this case, substitute “Albania” for “Wales.”

  2. We do NOT share the same God, as them! John 17:3
    and this is Life Eternal, that they might know me, the only TRUE GOD., and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent.

    What, Allah?
    Don’t think so!!!
    Common Value….What? This has nothing to do with Christ Our Lord!
    Am I living in Another World?
    The leaders of Our Church abandoning, Christ, for another God!
    Insanity, or the Greatest Deception, EVER!

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