Praying well with others

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There's much to celebrate after a succesful Catholic-Muslim summit is Rome last week. The 15-point joint statement of the Muslim and Christian scholars is a healthy step on the road to a more constructive relationship betweeen Islam and Christianity. Such dialogue is now so in vogue that the head of the Pontifical Council on Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, wondered if all the conversations weren't getting confusing, according to Reuters India. As far as I'm concerned, too much interreligious dialogue is a problem I'd like us to have more often.

Christian-Christian dialogue, on the other hand, took an unfortunate (yet all to common) blow over the weekend, when a brawl broke out between Greek and Armenian monks at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher over a procession, according to the Associated Press. (And we thought our liturgical wars were bad!) Two monks were arrested. Such monk-on-monk fights relatively common, as six different Christian groups claim the church the site of which is said to be the place of Jesus' burial. There is allegedly a ladder that has stood in front of the entrance to the church for more than 100 years because there is a dispute about which group has the authority to take it down.

I'm sure Jesus would be pleased that the place that commemorates his Crucifixion is so often the site of further violence between his latter-day followers.


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