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“I view with great dismay the plan to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by members of the Dove World Outreach Center. Out of respect for those of the Muslim faith, members of our faith community should consider the proposed desecration reprehensible.

Now more than ever we must work toward a mutual understanding and respect between people of differing faith traditions. That means respecting those texts that are considered sacred.

The burning of another faith tradition’s sacred texts is diametrically opposed to the Catholic Church’s ongoing commitment to improving interreligious relations. Furthermore, it presents a counter-witness to the Gospel message by engendering fear and hatred rather than the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves.


The proliferation of negative stereotypes in the media, distorted information, and caricatures of Muslims and other faith traditions must be addressed at every level of society.”

Bishop Victor Galeone of Saint Augustine,
the diocese where the Qu’ran burning was to take place.

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Deacon John M. Bresnahan

posted September 10, 2010 at 11:54 am

The good bishop has some wise, Christian words here. But two points should also be considered.
First, where were many of our Church’s leaders both lay and clerical a few years ago when our tax money was plundered to dob the Blessed Virgin in dung??? Where were they when the crucified Christ was given a bath in urine??? I haven’t done a head count, but it sure seems there is more uproar among leading Caholics and Christians over this Koran situation than was ever unleashed to defend the honor of Mary and Our Lord. Or maybe that is the way the media is playing the story.
And second, almost any factual analysis of Islam, no matter how true (such as the persecution and lack of rights Christians have in almost all Islamic countries from Egypt to Turkey to Pakistan to Indonesia, etc., etc.) is brushed off or insulted as being a “stereotype” or bigotry. No wonder so many of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Islamic world feel abandoned by Western Christians.

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