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US bishops say Muslims, Catholics share religious freedom concerns


MICHELLE BAUMAN

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CNA
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Date:
8/21/2012

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ABSTRACTUS bishops say Muslims, Catholics share religious freedom concerns :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) Editors Service About us Donate Spanish Portuguese Follow us: Loading News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns A Life Worth Living Answering the Tough Questions Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Both Oars In Catholic & Single Catholic Men Guest Columnist Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II In Good Company Indispensable Economics Inside the Church during WWII Led Into the Truth Movie Reviews Preparing the way for the Roman Missal – 3rd Edition The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Spirit of the New Translation The Way of Beauty With Good Reason Your Moment in the Mass Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Catholic Womanhood Home » News » US US bishops say Muslims, Catholics share religious freedom concerns By Michelle Bauman Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden of Baltimore. Washington D.C., Aug 21, 2012 / 02:05 am ( CNA ) .- In a statement of support and friendship toward the Muslim community, the U.S. bishops' ecumenical committee leader encouraged trust and collaboration between the two faiths, especially in the task of defending religious freedom in the public square. In an Aug. 17 message, Bishop Denis J. Madden, auxiliary bishop of Baltimore, offered his congratulations to U.S. Muslims on the conclusion of Ramadan, their holy month of fasting and prayer. Bishop Madden, who chairs the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that he took “great joy” in sharing a message from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue with the U.S. Muslim community. This message, issued Aug. 3 by the council’s president, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, focused on the importance of the “education of young Christians and Muslims for justice and peace,” which cannot be separated from “truth and freedom.” Young people must be taught about the need for “solidarity and fraternal love” in order to properly build “a culture which respects the dignity and the rights of every citizen,” read the Pontifical Council’s letter. It noted that only when men and women have the “patience and tenacity necessary for realizing these ideals” will they “be able to build societies where justice and peace will become realities.” In addition to the message, Bishop Madden added his own greetings to his Muslim brothers and sisters as they conclude their holy month. He explained that in working with many members of the Muslim faith “over a long period of time,” he has witnessed “the great trust that has been established in our creative work together.” “I would like to exhort us all to continue our endeavors in the hope of preparing a sure foundation for the coming generations of American Christians and Muslims,” he said. This is important, he stressed, because the faithful of the future will “look to us for guidance and as exemplars of the peace and harmony intrinsic to productive, positive interreligious work.”   Bishop Madden also highlighted the importance of remaining “close to our own work in the dialogues the need for supporting one another's endeavors to safeguard religious freedom.” Growing threats to religious freedom have become an increasing concern to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as local and national policies have threatened the ability of the faithful to live out their faith in the public square. “Together let us commit to joining our voices in support of religious liberty, both for our fellow Christians and Muslims today and for those who will come after us,” the bishop said. On behalf of the U.S. bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, he offered a pledge of support and friendship to the Muslim community “as we move forward together standing shoulder to shoulder in loving service and fidelity to God.” Tags: Religious freedom , Interreligious dialogue Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com Share Email Print Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Digg Stumble More Destin.......