The Church urges her sons and daughters to enter with prudence and charity into discussion and collaboration with members of other religions.
Let Christians, while witnessing to their own faith and way of life, acknowledge, preserve and encourage the spiritual and moral truths found among non-Christians, also their social life and culture (Nostra aetate, 2).
Dialogue requires both listening and active communication. It can take many forms - the ‘dialogue of life’, the dialogue of joint action, the dialogue of theological discourse and the dialogue of shared religious experience (Dialogue and Proclamation, 1991). Interreligious dialogue can help participants to grow in their own faith on condition that they remain open to the action of God which comes through the dialogue partner. Religions themselves can benefit as they are enriched and purified by their encounter with the beliefs, practices and values of other faiths. Dialogue can also be a means of building up and strengthening social harmony. It lessens the possibility that religion will become a factor which aggravates already existing political, social or other divisions and tensions.
Interreligious Relations – Church Statements
DIALOGIKA ("items of dialogue") is an online library that chronicles the evolving conversation and relationship between the Christian and Jewish communities. Maintained through the collaboration of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR) and the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, it provides a comprehensive cyber-archive of official statements, historic documents, educational resources, and current information.
Guidelines for Jewish-Christian Relations:
Vatican Council, papal statements and other documents on Islam (at USCCB website)
Interfaith relations and war/conflict
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