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8 October 28, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org VENISON & BEAR PROCESSING Custom Smoking Quality Homemade Sausage The Buck Stops here!" We also specialize in Farm Animal processing. 1370 Commercial Ave Crystal Falls, MI 49920 Pat & Chris Sommers (906) 874-6032 SACRED HEART RELIGIOUS GOODS WE THANK GOD FOR BLESSING OUR DIOCESE WITH SO MANY TERRIFIC BISHOPS & PRIESTS TO SHEPHERD THIS FLOCK! (906) 228-4462 419 W. Washington Marquette (Located across from the Ramada Inn) BY VICKIE FEE SPECIAL TO THE U.P. CATHOLIC About 80 people gathered at St. Mi- chael Parish in Marquette on Sept. 23 for a First Friday Club address by Dr. Daniel Keating, professor of Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary on The Muslim, My Neighbor. Keating is dedicated to the work of evangelization and Christian unity and has had frequent contact with a group of Lebanese Christians, including several trips to Beirut. The perspective hes gained through these friends, as well as extensive reading of Islamic scholars, including Professor Sayyed Hossein Nasr, who writes and speaks widely about Islam and the West, informs Keatings views on contempo- rary Muslims. Although he points out he does not consider himself an expert on the Middle East. He mentioned that during his last visit to Beirut, there were four attacks in Germany, as well as the massacre in Nice, France. When people ask me, Isnt it dan- gerous to go to Lebanon? I tell them I teach in Detroit. Keating spoke about relating to our Muslim neighbors in charity and truth, pushing against stereotypes, offering a Catholic perspective on Islam, and enlisting prayer as the best response. We (Americans) tend to think of radical Islam as a rejection of West- ern culture, but its also a rejection of almost all historic forms of Islam. ISIS is at war with us, true. But it is also at war with most of Islam, he said. His Christian friends in Lebanon have more sympathy for the Shia branch of Islam than we do in the west. He noted that our policies and media coverage in the West tend toward sym- pathy to Sunni Muslims. Those in Leb- anon and other Christians in the Mid- dle East have a much more nuanced view, since Shia Muslims who account for only 10-15 percent of Muslims are a persecuted minority throughout much of the Middle East. Sunni Muslims account for 85-90 percent of Muslims and are predominant in Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Shia Muslims are the majority in Iran and have a strong presence in Lebanon and Syria. He also explained that the Syri- an Civil War is complex, but it is a proxy war between Shia and Sunni Muslims, with Iran coming to the aid of Shiites, which accounts for a lot of the struggles. Muslim Scholar Nasr divides Islam into four main groups. The Modernist, which has assimilated into a Western model of society; the Mahdiist, a form of Shia, a messianic branch looking for the twelfth Imam to come and set things right. They share some fun- damentalist views with Hezbollah, but differ in some of the more radical fundamentalist views; Fundamentalist, which is a collection of groups which hold to a strict interpretation of the Quran and have a dim view of Western culture, but were not originally violent. In the 1980s many of these groups turned from a reform of Islam to being violent and performing acts of terror. Isis and Al Quaeda would be included in this group. Finally, Traditionalist, which holds a view shaped by the Qu- ran but is open to other views, uphold- ing traditional Islam while also being tolerant of other views. Nasr thinks there needs to be an Islamic version of Christendom in the Middle Ages as a model for Islam in todays world. ISIS represents a crisis for Islam as well as for us. Im more sympathetic to a modernist view merging with tradi- tionalism to form a genuinely Islamic society (in Muslim countries), but open and tolerant of other views, Keating said. Keating referred to some Catholic documents, namely Nostra Aetate (1965) and Redemptoris Missio by Pope John Paul II (1996), which ac- knowledge what we as Catholics have in common with Muslims, namely the belief in one, true God, an esteem for Mary and respect for moral law and the common good and the truth that enlightens all people. While Catholic teaching calls for for dialogue and understanding, it clearly states that it is the duty of the Church to Proclaim without fail Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life (Redemptoris Missio). There is a need for the proclamation of the gospel even in dialogue, Keating said. One question asked of Keating was Do Muslims and Christians believe in the same God? He said the Churchs answer is Yes, but We both profess belief in one, true God, but we believe quite differently about how that God acts in the world and how we relate to Him. The similarities between Christi- anity and Islam are striking, but so are the differences. Keating wrapped up by saying we must pray for our Muslim neighbors, their well-being and for them to know Jesus. And we must pray for our Chris- tian brothers who are persecuted in the Middle East. The very act of prayer converts our hearts and minds, helps us see our Muslim neighbors more clearly, and face the difficult issues. Relate to Muslim neighbors in charity, truth JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Dr. Daniel Keating speaks at the First Friday Club on Sept. 23 held at St. Michael Parish in Marquette. He shared insights into the Muslim world gained through experience and extensive reading of Islamic scholars. WE (AMERICANS) TEND TO THINK OF RADICAL ISLAM AS A REJECTION OF WESTERN CULTURE, BUT IT'S ALSO A REJECTION OF ALMOST ALL HISTORIC FORMS OF ISLAM. ISIS IS AT WAR WITH US, TRUE. BUT IT IS ALSO AT WAR WITH MOST OF ISLAM.

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