INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE: CARDINAL TAURAN, "A RISK AND AN OPPORTUNITY"

” “Interreligious dialogue "is at the same time both a risk and an opportunity." This is what Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, said today at the conference of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. The conference will be held from today until 5 December. "We are all condemned to dialogue," continued the cardinal explaining that "it is a search for an inter-understanding between two people with a view to a common interpretation of their agreement or disagreement." For Cardinal Tauran this entails "a common language, honesty in the interpretation of one’s positions and the desire to make all possible efforts to understand the other’s point of view." When applied to interreligious dialogue, these two requisites make it clear that "this does not mean to be kind to the other to please him", nor is it "a question of negotiation." It is about "taking a risk, not of accepting to give up my own convictions but of letting myself be called into question by the convictions of another, accepting to take into consideration arguments that are different from mine." "Every religion, has its own identity," said the cardinal and "this is what makes me consider the religion of another." (continued)

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