CAIR: CATHOLIC, MUSLIM SCHOLARS MEET IN DC SUMMIT
At the invitation of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University and the Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group of prominent scholars, both Catholic and Muslim, convened in Washington, DC on Wednesday, 11 October 2006 for an intensive conversation. All participants have had extensive experience in the many forms and forums of interreligious dialogue.
Concerned about derogatory references to Islam in a recent papal lecture, these scholars gathered to reaffirm both the importance and the vitality of Muslim-Catholic relations. They strove to ratify by their presence and their shared insights the continuing significance of a mutually-supported dialogue of religions and cultures.
They sought to counter any efforts to diminish the positive record of interreligious understanding achieved by Catholics and Muslims in the four decades since the Second Vatican Council. They pledged themselves to renewed efforts, such as workshops, conferences and future publications, which could sustain and expand the good work that has been done by so many Muslims and Catholics to foster deeper interreligious appreciation and harmony.