Bischöfe aus USA und Iran verhandeln über Nuklearwaffen | CatholicHerald.co.uk
Delegation der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz im Iran 11/2011 vaticanista.info
Bischöfe aus USA und Iran verhandeln über Nuklearwaffen
The religious leaders meet at the Ayatollah Marashi Najafi Library in Qom, Iran, in March (CNS/ Stephen M Colecchi)
It has been revealed that a small group of US Catholic bishops have met with Iranian ayatollahs to discuss nuclear weapons and the role of faith leaders in influencing political moves on the issue of Iran’s nuclear programme. The meeting in Iran, hosted by the Supreme Council of Seminary Teachers of Qom, took place in March and it is hoped dialogue between the two groups will continue in the future. The meeting began with basic discussions of areas of philosophical and theological commonality between Catholicism and Islam, and concluded with a commitment to issue a joint statement, said the US bishop who led the delegation.
The four-day session between three US bishops and four prominent Muslim scholars and ayatollahs began with contacts facilitated by two Iranian-American doctoral students of John Steinbruner, a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland and a consultant to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Peace and Justice. Committee chairman Bishop Richard E Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, told Catholic News Service that the trip was keeping with the emphasis by Pope Francis on dialogue being “the key to discovering truth and avoiding misunderstanding”. ………..