|5 years ago :: Mar 07, 2012 - 11:06AM #1|
Just thought this was interesting and who knows it could start some discussion.
‘What’s missing is a grand scheme to guide the dialogue between the great religions’
On the 10th anniversary of his appointment, Rome’s Chief Rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, tells Vatican Insider about his own experience with the Vatican
He is the first Chief Rabbi of Rome for decades to have been born and raised in the capital. Exactly ten years ago, in his first synagogue address, he urged listeners to respond to the alarm that swept the West after 9/11 with courage, as ‘the threat of war, terrorism and extremism of all kinds are looming on the horizon’. On the day of his investiture, Riccardo Shmuel Di Segni, the new spiritual leader of Rome’s Jews, sent out a clear message on the most controversial issues of the time and ended his speech by blessing the Jewish community gathered in the Great Synagogue of Rome (Tempio Maggiore) and urging dialogue with all parties, ‘with religions but also with different cultures and societies, dialogue which must always be based on the assumption of equal dignity.’ In early March 2002, after half a century of Rabbi Elio Toaff’s spiritual guidance, Di Segni took over the reins of Roman Judaism. A decade later, the Chief Rabbi of Rome sums up his relations with the Holy See, in an interview with Vatican Insider and tackles unresolved issues with the Vatican, describing his view of Karol Wojtyla and Joseph Ratzinger.
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Why did Karol Wojtyla have a ‘special’ relationship with those he called his ‘elder brothers’?
‘There is a strange destiny in the Catholic world. There are people who are not interested at all in having any contact with Judaism, while others are intrigued, attracted or even violently opposed to it, but nevertheless see Judaism as a tradition that one must measure oneself against in order to define one’s own identity. I think what had a decisive role in shaping Pope Wojtyla’s personal friendship was the environment he grew up in, the Judaism he was familiar with and watched as it disappeared before his very eyes.’
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The three monotheistic religions are descended from Abraham. What can help them overcome tensions today?
‘In some ways, the fact that we have common roots does not help us avoid tensions. On the contrary, perhaps it actually heightens conflict. There are many possible solutions that can stop us from devouring each other: the first could be direct and personal contact. The second could be this advice: let’s look more at the needs of the world than at our own theological precepts.’
Are Judaism’s problems with Islam and Christianity more of a religious or a geopolitical nature?
‘The problem with Christianity is more historical and theological, while the problem with Islam seems to be more tied to politics. It seems to be, but perhaps in the end it could really be a religious problem and that is when we really should be worried.’
|5 years ago :: Mar 08, 2012 - 2:21AM #2|
Thanks Squirrel for this. Rabbi Di Segni offers some very valid insights.
You might be interested in this Message to the World's Religious Leaders written by the Universal House of Justice in Haifa, Israel. The Universal House of Justice is the supreme (elected) body of the Bahá'í International Community.
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