Archbishop: Don’t Descend to Level of Terrorists
ASIANEWS, Oct. 17 — Archbishop Celestino Migliore condemned terrorism’s inherent disregard for human life and dignity but also said that states cannot lower themselves to the terrorists’ level to fight terrorism, reported AsiaNews.
The Holy See’s
permanent observer to the United Nations spoke Oct. 16 before the 6th Commission of the 61st
General Assembly of the United Nations in
“It must be firmly stated that the injustices existing in the world can never be used to excuse acts of terrorism,” Archbishop Migliore stated. By the same token, “the fight against terrorism must include a courageous and resolute political, diplomatic and economic commitment to relieve situations of oppression and marginalization that facilitate the designs of terrorists.”
Within this context, interfaith dialogue has “a fundamental role to play in contrasting the terrorists’ preaching of hate and violence … in promoting a culture of peace and mutual respect, and in helping people with grievances to opt for non-violent means. This grave duty falls upon religions, but states and the family of nations can help by fostering an environment in which religions and interfaith dialogue can flourish.”
AKI, Oct. 17
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REUTERS, Oct. 14 — Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said the Vatican is willing to do its part to help defuse anti-Islamic feeling that “lurks in many hearts,” according to Reuters.
Cardinal Bertone made his comments in an article for the Italian Catholic monthly magazine 30 Days about the controversy over the Pope’s remarks about Islam last month.
“We have to defuse the anti-Islamic rancor that lurks in
many hearts, even though the lives of many Christians are at risk,” he said.
The cardinal did not elaborate, but the
Cardinal Bertone said the relationship between the Church and Islam had to be centered on “the promotion of the dignity of every person and raising consciousness about the defense of human rights.” But he said the Catholic Church could not give up the right to preach the Gospel “even to Muslims” as long as it was done in a way that respected freedom of religion.