By Bro. Michael Dimond, O.S.B.
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Benedict XVI, Address to Bishops’ Conference of Senegal, Feb. 20, 2006: “However, Christianity must not be reduced to a purely human wisdom or confused with a social service, for it is also a spiritual service. Nor, for the disciples of Christ, can the exercise of charity be a means of engaging in proselytism, because love is free. You often serve human beings in collaboration with men and women who do not share the Christian faith, especially Muslims. Thus, the efforts made for an encounter in truth of believers of different religious traditions contributes to achieving in practice the authentic good of individuals and of society. It is indispensable to increasingly deepen brotherly relations between the communities in order to encourage a harmonious social development, recognizing the dignity of each person and enabling everyone to practice their religion freely.” (L’Osservatore Romano, March 8, 2006, p. 5)
A proselyte is a “convert from one opinion, creed, or party, to another” (Oxford Illustrated Dictionary, p. 678). To proselytize is to make converts. In the speech quoted above, Benedict XVI again rejects proselytizing (i.e., converting others to the Christian Faith) as uncharitable! Benedict XVI rejects proselytism in the context of how to deal with Muslims who “do not share the Christian faith.” Instead of proselytism (converting them), he encourages the development of “brotherly relations” between the two religious communities, as well as enabling Muslims to “practice their religion freely.” This shows us again that Benedict XVI is a manifest heretic and not a Catholic.