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Theme: Confronting the Past

December 8, 2006

From Second Vatican Council, Nostra Aetate 3, October 28, 1965:

“Over the centuries many quarrels and dissensions have arisen between Christians and Muslims. The sacred Council now pleads with all to forget the past, and urges that a sincere effort be made to achieve mutual understanding; for the benefit of all men, let them together preserve and promote peace, liberty, social justice and moral values.”

Pope Benedict XVI, expanding on Nostra Aetate, in his remarks to Vatican and Muslim leaders at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo Sept. 25:

“The lessons of the past must therefore help us to seek paths of reconciliation, in order to live with respect for the identity and freedom of each individual, with a view to fruitful cooperation in the service of all humanity.”

Archbishop Chaput of Denver: In Christian-Muslim relations, peace not served by ignoring history

“The Muslim-Christian conflict is a very long one, rooted in deep religious differences, and Muslims have their own long list of real and perceived grievances. But especially in an era of religiously inspired terrorism and war in the Middle East, peace is not served by ignoring, subverting or rewriting history, but rather by facing it humbly as it really happened and healing its wounds.”

Fjordman: Who Are We, Who Are Our Enemies – The Cost of Historical Amnesia

“The West has forgotten who our enemies are, but worse, we have also forgotten who we are.”

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