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Thursday, March 31, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 31 MAR 2011 (VIS) - Made public today was the annual Message to Buddhists for the Feast of Vesakh, issued by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. This year Vesakh, the most important Buddhist festivity, is celebrated on 8 April in Japan, on 10 May in Korea, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Singapore, and on 17 May in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.

  The message, which is entitled "Seeking Truth in Freedom: Christians and Buddhists live in Peace", Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, respectively president and secretary of the pontifical council, note that "in the pursuit of authentic peace, a commitment to seek truth is a necessary condition. ... This human striving for truth offers a fruitful opportunity for the followers of the different religions to encounter one another in depth and to grow in appreciation of the gifts of each".

  The English-language text continues: "In today's world, marked by forms of secularism and fundamentalism that are often inimical to true freedom and spiritual values, inter-religious dialogue can be the alternative choice by which we find the 'golden way' to live in peace and work together for the good of all. ... Such dialogue is also a powerful stimulus to respect for the fundamental human rights of freedom of conscience and freedom of worship. Wherever religious freedom is effectively acknowledged, the dignity of the human person is respected at its root; by the sincere search for what is true and good, moral conscience and civil institutions are strengthened; and justice and peace are firmly established".
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  1. I read: "in the pursuit of authentic peace, a commitment to seek truth is a necessary condition..." I thought, yes! And that truth, of course, is Jesus Christ!

    For a moment I thought the Modernists had come to their senses, but then my hopes were, alas, dashed when I read: "inter-religious dialogue can be the alternative choice by which we find the 'golden way' to live in peace and work together for the good of all..."


    A golden way other than Christ that leads to peace? It's laughable!

    Brand me as a "fundamentalist" all you want, but such a course followed for over half a century hasn't gotten us anywhere. That is because without Christ there is no peace!

    How are our brothers and sisters in Pakistan or Egypt enjoying the fruits of inter-religious dialogue? What about our brothers and sisters in the faith in Nigeria?

    It is either Christ or war. That is what history tells us. However, you Modernists who are sitting in the seats of judgment are too blinded by your tired and outworn ideologies to see the obvious. You will answer before the Judgment Seat of Christ.

  2. The trouble with Vatican spin doctors is that:

    1) They do not believe, as is being shown by not only by their words, but also by their actions( including Popes JPII and Benedict VI) that only Jesus, the Prince of peace can bring Peace to the world.

    2) They have been dialoguing and praying with the wrong parties who are not the ones causing troubles, and are not respected, much less obeyed or listened to, by those who are.

    I am now inclined to believe that the men behind this Assisi scandal are actually tools of the great enemy who surely does not want the world to see peace happening. These mean men may rightly be called the "useful idiots" in our Church.


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