In dialogue on the question of God

2013-01-03 L’Osservatore Romano

A world open to dialogue on the question of God. This is how Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, imagines the scenario that is unfolding at the beginning of this year. And he reinforced his impression by underlining – in the interview he granted to our newspaper – the timeliness of the debate between Christianity and secularism, today taken up in many books and international journals. This point inspired the Cardinal  to reassert the importance of the work the Dicastery has carried out in the year that has just ended, reflecting in particular on the various aspects of dialogue with the Muslim world. “Unfortunately”, Cardinal Tauran said on this topic, “a few deviant minorities that exploit religion to justify the use of violence or seek to impose Islamic law on all by force, are a danger not only to their societies, but also to the whole world, and  a hindrance to dialogue between religions. In this regard it suffices to remember the fate of several Christian communities in countries such as Pakistan or Nigeria. No one and no cause can justify such excesses. It is regrettable that the burden of integralism risks causing the religious and spiritual dimension of Islam to be forgotten”.