Saturday, March 19, 2011

"Courtyard of the Gentiles"

Interesting news of an effort, in Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi's words, "to ensure that the great questions about human existence, especially the spiritual questions, are borne in mind and discussed in our societies, using our common reason" — Believers met non-believers at the Vatican's 'Court of the Gentiles'. His Eminence continued:
    That symbol of apartheid and sacral separation which was the wall of the 'Courtyard of the Gentiles' was cancelled by Christ. He wished to eliminate barriers so as to ensure a harmonious meeting between the two peoples. ... Believers and non-believers stand on different ground, but they must not close themselves in a sacral or secular isolationism, ignoring one another or, worse still, launching taunts or accusations as do fundamentalists on one side and the other. Of course, differences must not be skimmed over, contradictory ideas must not be dismissed, or discordances ignored, ... but thoughts and words, deeds and decisions can be confronted, and even come together

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