Inter-Faith Dialogue

The WJC has always spearheaded dialogue between the three Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Inter-faith cooperation can make an important contribution to peace around the world and to better understanding between communities in our societies.

Christian Faiths

The WJC has well established relations with the Catholic Church, and has played a leading role, both directly and within the framework of ICJIC, in an ongoing dialogue over many decades. This has produced positive results in many cases. The recently adapted Latin text of the Good Friday prayer is a contentious issue. Ongoing discussions to resolve the issue should not impede this important liaison.

Progress, however, is slow with regard to the Orthodox and Protestant Churches. The decentralised nature of these churches and certain political issues related to the Middle East conflict are obstacles to advancement.

Dialogue with the other Christian churches is an important mechanism for increasing understanding between the faiths and for increasing mutual theological knowledge.

Dialogue must be based on mutual respect for the values of each faith.

Dialogue is the best method of resolving issues of contention, and for improving cooperation on issues of common concern like the subjects of nationalism and religious identity, preventing intolerance, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.

Muslim Faith

Dialogue with representatives of moderate Islam is one of the most important and challenging issues at this time. The increasing gap of understanding between so-called 'Western liberal democracies' and the Islamic word is a recipe for potential civil strife and possible violence.

Discussion and debate between brethren who share a common root will lead to the realisation that shared ideals, aspirations and values far outweigh any differences that may exist.

Extremists represent only a small part of Islam. The vast majority of Muslims are peace-loving people who do not support or wish to engage in terrorist activities.

Whilst combating the threats posed by 'Radical Islam' it is important to embrace the proponents of 'Moderate Islam' and to engage with them in open and constructive dialogue.

Dialogue should not only be limited to a theological debate, but also to exchanges of views on sociological, cultural, diplomatic and political issues.

In July 2008, the Muslim World League held an interfaith meeting to which representatives of many religions were invited. 'The International Conference for Dialogue' was an initiative of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and was a significant step forward in opening the possibility of a dialogue between Abrahamic faiths and with other major religions. The WJC was amongst the Jewish organizations that were represented at the meeting.

All religions, and especially the three Abrahamic faiths, can work together to respond to the challenges posed by developments in modern society, especially to discuss and promote shared values.

Cooperation between faith-based organizations in local communities can respond to the challenges posed by a changing world (environmental, globalisation, violence, terrorism, decline of values etc.) and can show that religions have viable answers to these challenges in the contemporary world.


Other Faiths

There is almost no contact between Jewish leaders and other faiths, on an international level.

Dialogue with all representatives of all faiths is important in building bridges of understanding and establishing respect.


Documents

  • Three Faiths Forum
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  • International Council of Christian and Jews
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  • Service de Documentation Judéo-chrétien
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  • Pontifical Council for Dialogue with the Jews
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  • ILC Meeting Prague September 1989
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  • Meetings of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee
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  • Guidelines and Suggestions for Implementing the Conciliar Declaration Nostra Aetate, No. 4
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  • Nostra Aetate
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  • Sergio I. Minerbi: Benedict XVI, the Lefebvrians, the Jews, and the State of Israel
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  • Vatican decree on the 'venerability' of Pius XII [Italian Language]
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  • "Points for Orientation on 'Christians and Jews'" - Synod of the Evangelical Church of Berlin (West)
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  • "Vatican–Israel Relations, 2000-2003: An Insider’s View" by Yosef Lamdan
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  • "Jews, Muslims can defeat common enemies" by Imam Mohammad Shamsi Ali and Rabbi Marc Schneier
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  • LAJC: Building bridges of understanding
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  • Benedict XVI and Judaism After Five Years - by Edward Pentin, Terrasanta.net
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  • Speech of Cardinal Walter Kasper at Liverpool Hope University, UK
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  • Biography of Monsignor Kurt Koch
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  • Bishop Munib Younan Appointed President of the Lutheran World Federation
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  • 'Chocolate milk nurtures lifelong relationship with LWF' The Lutheran World Federation
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  • Address of His Holiness Benedict XVI, Apostolic journey to the United Kingdom
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  • Opening address by Chief Rabbi Sacks at Interfaith gathering for Papal Visit
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  • Benedict XVI sends New Year message to Rabbi
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  • Holy See Press Office: Synodus Episcoporum Bulletin
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  • Miniseries glorifying wartime Pope Pius decried
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  • 'Rome's Chief Rabbi Jews and Catholics are brotehr's' By Giancarlo Giojelli, Zenit.org
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  • Milestones in the inter-religious work of the World Jewish Congress
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  • Déclaration Concernant le Couvent des Carmélites à Auschwitz
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  • Zakhor (Souviens-toi) - Déclaration Concernant le Couvent des Carmélites à Auschwitz
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  • International Catholic - Jewish Liaison Committee - Initial Meeting
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  • A Common Declaration on Anti-Semitism
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  • WJC Policy Study: Political Islam and Europe: Caveat Emptor
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  • Address Of John Paul II to the representatives of the chrisitan churches and ecclesial communities and of the world religions
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  • Rabbi David Rosen's official speach at Assisi
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  • Cardinal Koch on 50 years of Jewish-Christian dialogue
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  • Jewish-Christian Relations in the Light of the Ecumenical Council
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