Sunday, 14 September 2014

Do Roman Catholics and Muslims Worship the Same God Part II

This is not the second part of this series that I was intending to publish, but as I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth...
“In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate,” [Roman Catholic Cardinal] McCarrick said as he introduced himself to the audience at a meeting arranged by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. That praise of the Islamic deity is an important phrase in Islam, is found more than 100 times in the Koran, and is akin to the Catholic prayer, ”In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”  McCarrick next claimed that “Catholic social teaching is based on the dignity of the human person… [and] as you study the holy Koran, as you study Islam, basically, this is what Muhammad the prophet, peace be upon him, has been teaching.”

One can only wonder what the Chaldean Catholic Christians of northern Iraq would say in response? 


More here: http://dailycaller.com/2014/09/11/catholic-cardinal-mccarrick-embraces-islam/#ixzz3DHlxZl1m


The third part in the series will follow soon, Deo volente.

4 comments:

Steve Martin said...

The blood of the martyrs screams out against him.

Acroamaticus said...

The martyrs did not care for synthesis, they opted for faithfulness. The gist of my upcoming third part - postponed because of more important things for the present - is that Roman Catholicism adopts a synthetic approach to all other confessions and religions. All religious "truths" can be synthesised into their theology. The method in principle goes back to Aquinas's synthesis of Aristotelianism, but I think the angelic doctor would draw the line at Islam.

SCEcclesia said...

I actually work with a Chaldean Catholic, a native of Mosul. He is a member of our Archdiocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission. While suffering great pain on behalf of his family and his people, he is able to make distinctions and continues to seek to build bonds of friendship and understanding with Muslim people living in our community here in Australia. I cannot speak for him, but I do not believe that he would find any problem with what Cardinal McCarrick (whom I have met, BTW) said.

Look, you have a choice. You can either tell Muslims that their prophet was man of violence who taught violence and if they want to be true Muslims they should do the same, or you can encourage those Muslims who do indeed interpret their scriptures as telling them to respect human dignity and seek peace with their neighbours.

I choose to do the latter, understanding that there are Muslims in the world who would prefer you told them the former.

Acroamaticus said...

"Look, you have a choice. You can either tell Muslims that their prophet was man of violence who taught violence and if they want to be true Muslims they should do the same, or you can encourage those Muslims who do indeed interpret their scriptures as telling them to respect human dignity and seek peace with their neighbours."

That's really beside my point, David.
I would do the same as you, as it happens, but I would also seek tot tell them of Christ, which I hope you would too.