04 January 2011

Pope Plans Interfaith Party

Okay, maybe it's not exactly a party, but I was looking for some alliteration. The New York Times reports:
ROME — Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday announced that he would hold an interfaith meeting in Assisi, Italy, this October to mark the 25th anniversary of a watershed meeting held there by his predecessor, John Paul II.
In the ever-shifting legacy of a complex papacy, the announcement seemed intended to show Benedict’s good will toward other faiths after years in which he was criticized by Muslims, Jews and other Christian denominations, especially Anglicans. But it was also significant because as the longtime head of the Vatican’s powerful doctrinal office when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he was widely seen as having had serious reservations about the 1986 meeting, where leaders of all faiths met and prayed. 
It seems as though Pope Benedict had a more biblically correct view on interfaithism 20 years ago, as the Times article continues:
In a speech in 1990, then-Cardinal Ratzinger declared interreligious relativism — in effect, honoring other religions as equal to Christianity — “the fundamental problem of faith in our time.” In 2000, he drew intense criticism from leaders of other faiths for “Dominus Jesus,” a document that essentially stated that Christianity was the only true path to salvation. And it has been a recurring theme at the heart of his six-year-old papacy.
Read the entire article here.

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