Faced with the urgent crisis provoked by Islamic state extremists, faith leaders must work harder to prevent religiously motivated violence. That’s the view of Jerry White, deputy assistant Secretary of State in the U.S. government’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. White, who survived a landmine explosion in the Holy Land before starting to work […]
Rome provides a “neutral brokerage” where religious leaders can work together for peace, says Jerry White, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. Read More: US Representative in Rome to Push for ‘Global Covenant of World Religions’.
Tony Blair has said military action to tackle extremist groups will “count for nothing” unless worldwide education systems teach children religious respect. Read More: Only education can tackle religious extremism, says Tony Blair – Politics – News – London Evening Standard.
this essay, Tony Blair sets out seven principles of understanding that he believes should underpin a comprehensive strategy to counter religious extremism: The horrifying events of the past weeks in Syria and Iraq have significantly shifted the terms of the debate about whether intervention is desirable or sensible to counter the violence in the Middle […]
Under furious assault from conservative Catholics, the Vatican backtracked Tuesday on its surprisingly positive assessment of gays and same-sex relationships. Read More: Vatican backtracks on gay comments – CNN.com.
The last few weeks have seen a significant shift in the global response to events in Iraq and Syria. Led by the US, more than 40 countries are now joined in fighting the scourge of Islamic State (Isis). This is a sensible decision, but it is not enough. Read More: BBC News – Tony Blair: […]
He has convinced many Catholic Church leaders to moderate their formerly strongly critical language about gay unions, and to admit that homosexuals may have “gifts and qualities to offer”. Read More: BBC News – Vatican synod: Victory for Pope Francis on gay issues.
VATICAN CITY — In a marked shift in tone likely to be discussed in parishes around the world, an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican released a preliminary document on Monday calling for the church to welcome and accept gay people, unmarried couples and those who have divorced, as […]
The Vatican appears to be backtracking over a landmark document which said gay people had ‘gifts and qualities’ to offer the Catholic church after an outcry from conservative bishops. The paper – which also supported unmarried couples and divorcees – was hailed as a step forward by campaigners when it was released yesterday as part […]
Catholic bishops signaled a radical shift in tone Monday about accepting gays into the church, saying they had gifts to offer and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexual couples with “precious” support. In a preliminary report, released half-way through a Vatican meeting on family life called by Pope Francis, the bishops also […]