Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Catholics back Muslim claims against evangelical Christians
Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart's Vicar for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations has explained its support for the Islamic Council of Victoria's anti-vilification case against Catch the Fire Ministries, before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. A statement from the Archdiocese's Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission says that Episcopal Vicar Fr Peter Kenny sought to make an intervention on behalf of the Islamic Council. The Uniting Church also sought to make such an intervention. Dr Gary Bouma, an Anglican priest, appeared as an expert witness on behalf of the Islamic Council.
In response to questions from Catholics and other Christians about why Christian witnesses were appearing in court supporting non-Christians against another Christian group, the Archdiocesan Commission said that it believed that Muslims in Victoria had indeed been vilified by the activities of Catch the Fire Ministries. The Commission said that the intention of the Catholic intervention was to show the respect the Catholic Church has towards Islam.