Bruni added that the Pope had encouraged the Committee`s efforts to disseminate knowledge of the Brotherhood document and thanked the United Arab Emirates for “the concrete commitment demonstrated in the name of human brotherhood.” Let us remember only two of these inquiries or requests for clarification. On September 19, 2016, four cardinals, Walter Brandmoller, sent Raymond L. Burke, Carlo Caffarra and Joachim Meisner, the pope, five questions called Dubia (in Latin for “doubt”), in which he was asked to clarify the statements of the apostolic letter Amoris Laetitia, which oppose Catholic doctrine.18 Then, on July 16, 2017, forty-five Catholic scholars (250 in the final account of signatures) published a Filitor de hatrebussi proptisaga in which they identified seven statements to Amoris Laetitia as false and heretics. Sheikh Tayeb, who referred to the pope as “my dear brother,” said that millions of Muslims had paid the price for the actions of a “handful of criminals” after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Pope`s visit was announced as a gift from the United Arab Emirates to thousands of Catholic migrant workers, including nearly 700,000 from the Philippines. That was only part of his goal. Freed from any obligation to Islamists and in the face of the promise that these Islamists would work tirelessly to end monarchies, the Gulf countries will have everything to gain by embracing the West, opening up more and reaping the benefits of cooperation against Islamists. The visit was not a concession to Christianity, but a strategic, and audacious calculation. For the past week, the United Arab Emirates has been preparing for one of the most important interfaith events in modern memory. At a conference on “global brotherhood,” we saw rabbis, imams, swamis, cardinals and obscure religious brothers, whose title I had never heard.
(For fans of exotic clergy hairstyles, Abu Dhabi is temporarily the fashion capital of the world.) The assembled clerics, apparently one of sorts, were a kind of warm-up team for the Pope, who appeared on Monday night with Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar University (the seat of Sunni learning in Cairo), in a double act, considered a moment of public healing, that will heal the hatred of the Crusades. On Tuesday morning, Francis celebrated the first papal mass ever celebrated in the Arabian Peninsula. – The protection of places of worship – synagogues, churches and mosques – is a duty guaranteed by religions, human values, laws and international conventions. Any attempt to attack places of worship or threaten them with violent attacks, bombings or destruction is a departure from religious teachings and a clear violation of international law; According to Xavier da Silveira, the main mistake of the sedevacantists is to decide that the Holy See is free, regardless of the necessary measures recommended by theologians to reach this conclusion and, above all, “without paying attention to the principle that, in a visible and perfect society such as the Church, the fundamental facts of their lives, such as the acquisition or loss of leadership must be known to the social body. 15 In other words, by its visibility, the Church demands that the election and resignation of a pope be public enough to be known to the common faithful. But the fact that el-Tayeb and Pope Francis signed the agreement is somehow more important than the content. It is essential that they unite as prominent figures of Christianity and Islam in a coalition of institutional religious authority that has not so subtly united against the emerging forces of the popular religion. The Catholic Church has been concerned for centuries about the same concern as the Emiratis and Egyptians today: that younger generations no longer trust the establishment and that, if they are not forced to obey, they will end both religious rebellion and political rebellion.