Wednesday, October 19, 2011
YIKES, THEN WHAT DO YOU DO AT AN INTER-RELIGIOUS PRAYER SERVICE?
Pope Benedict's gets his dander up by interfaith praying!
The Associated Press
Pope won’t allow joint prayer at pilgrimage
Associated Press / October 19, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI has invited Hindus, Jews, Taoists, and Muslims to join him next week for a peace pilgrimage to the hilltop town of Assisi - but they won’t pray together because Benedict doesn’t want to show different beliefs and rituals mixing. The Oct. 27 event marks the 25th anniversary of the first such inter-religious prayer for peace, which was promoted by Pope John Paul II. Benedict, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, didn’t attend that first 1986 meeting and later criticized it as an example of religious relativism.
My Comments: I'm not sure what to make of this and the Holy Father's actions are his personal preference. He hasn't decreed anything on this as far as I know and certainly his predecessor Pope John Paul II did pray with the other religious traditions.
The first Inter-religious service I helped to organized was the First Year Anniversary of 9/11. Every religious group, prayed in their own tradition. Anything common had to be acceptable to all.
Each year St. Joseph Church in Macon participates in a Jewish-Christian Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. We do pray together but I don't see it as mixing rituals. This year Saint Joseph will host it and the Rabbi will be preaching! Mark your calendars, it will be Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00 PM.