US Bishops, Iranian Religious Leaders Make Joint Declaration on Life, Dignity

Catholics and Shia Muslims oppose actions that endanger the life, health, dignity and welfare of others, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, according to a joint declaration signed by U.S. bishops and Iranian religious leaders.

The June 14 declaration resulted from a dialogue between a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Supreme Council of the Seminary Teachers of Qom, the preeminent center of religious scholarship in Iran, during a March 11-17 trip to Iran.

The dialogue sought to promote greater understanding and peace between Americans and Iranians. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ International Justice and Peace committee, led the U.S. delegation.

“As religious leaders, we condemn all forms of disrespect for the religious traditions of others,” said the joint declaration. “Just as importantly, we commit ourselves to active inter-religious dialogue that transcends governments and national boundaries and serves the common good of the whole human family.”

They added: “Shia Islam opposes and forbids the production, stockpiling, use and threat to use weapons of mass destruction. Catholicism is also working for a world without weapons of mass destruction and calls on all nations to rid themselves of these indiscriminate weapons.”…

Wonderful! Thank you Lord.

For anyone who values LOVE, this is great news.

LOVE! :heart:

Great they made that statement, but they need to stop the execution of gays and Christians in their country before I can consider them trustworthy…

Does this mean that we’re not the “Great Satan” anymore; and Iran will stop smuggling IEDs into Afghanistan to kill American soldiers and marines?

You do know Iran hates and helped overthrow the Taliban and Iran and Al Qaeda are sworn enemies? So I doubt the IEDs are coming from Iran.

That’s true, they most likely aren’t assisting the Taliban in Afghanistan. But there’s no doubt that Iran was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Iraq. Their elite Quds Force trained Shia militants to bomb Americans, and even directly carried out attacks on our troops.

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