Fr. Mario Alexis Portella: What Is Missing in the Interreligious Dialogue With Muslims?

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By Fr. Mario Alexis Portella, Crisis Magazine, June 10, 2024

Fr. Mario Alexis Portella is a priest of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy. He was born in New York and holds a doctorate in canon law and civil law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He is the author of Islam: Religion of Peace?—The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-Up (Westbow Press, 2018).


Showing charity toward Muslims is best manifested by the ardent desire to see them become fully children of God, which can only be arrived at by Baptism, something interreligious dialogue misses altogether.

Fr. Mario Alexis PortellaLast month was the fiftieth anniversary of the formation of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue. Formerly called the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, it created the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims with the end not to covert those who profess Islam to the teachings of Christ but “to promote mutual understanding, respect and collaboration between Catholics and the followers of others religious traditions; to encourage the study of religions, and to promote the formation of persons dedicated to dialogue.” …

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