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At the Pope’s recent visit to Abu Dhabi, he and the Muslim Grand Imam of al-Azhar signed a document entitled “A Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.” Among other things, it said this:
The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. . .
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This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives. Therefore, the fact that people are forced to adhere to a certain religion or culture must be rejected, as too the imposition of a cultural way of life that others do not accept.
All of the different religions are God’s will? There are no distinctions between religions that are true or false, orthodox or heretical, Biblical or idolatrous? The Triune God is fine with polytheism?
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What about the First Commandment? What about Rome’s own claims to being the one true church? Does that just express superiority to Protestants, with just non-Christian religions considered equally valid?
And this Divinely-desired religious diversity is the basis for religious freedom? But if one religion is as Divinely-appointed as another, doesn’t that mean that there is no need for religious liberty, that a person might just as well accept the prevailing religion, since that is just as valid as one’s own preference?
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Here is a Catholic theologian trying to spin the Pope’s pronouncement in a more positive light, as has become customary when the pontiff says something unorthodox, along with other things Rome has said about...
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