I don't know who will react more negatively to this? Rank and file Catholics? Rank and File Muslims? or Radical Muslims who will react in the most horrible way possible?
This is an excerpt from Fr. Z's blog. You can read his whole apologia here:
Francis signed document saying that God willed the “pluralism and diversity of religions”. What’s up with that?
Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahamad al-Tayyib, signed a document on “Fratellanza Umana per la Pace Mondiale e la convivenza comune… Human Fraternity for world peace and living together”.
The document presents some affirmations and aspirations. It contains the following head-scratching statement. Emphases mine…
Freedom is a right of every person: each individual enjoys the freedom of belief, thought, expression and action. The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings. This divine wisdom is the source from which the right to freedom of belief and the freedom to be different derives. Therefore, the fact that people are forced to adhere to a certain religion or culture must be rejected, as too the imposition of a cultural way of life that others do not accept;Do you get that? “The pluralism and diversity of religions” is “willed by God”.