New guidelines from the Holy See for interreligious dialogues

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 19, 2014. The Council took the opportunity to release new guidelines for interreligious dialogues. The document (so far available only in English) is entitled “Dialogue in Truth and Charity: Pastoral Orientations for Interreligious Dialogue”.

In its Introduction, nos. 6-7, the Pontifical Council states: “This pastoral resource is meant to furnish Bishops, Priests, Religious and Lay Faithful who are engaged in interreligious activities with some essential elements to assist in discernment and also to provide some indications for local programmes of formation in interreligious dialogue. It is intended as well, in a more general way, for all Catholics who have questions about the significance and the purpose of interreligious dialogue in the Church….”

bohanlacroixTwo Bishops from Canada are members of Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue: His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of the Church in Canada, and the Most Reverend Daniel J. Bohan, Archbishop of Regina.

Link to the document