Cardinal Burke: Pope’s Declaration Saying God Wills ‘Diversity of Religions’ is ‘Not Correct’

Cardinal Raymond Burke thinks the controversial statement in a joint Catholic-Muslim declaration signed by Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, which says that God wills a diversity of religions, is wrong and should be removed.

The statement “has to be removed from this accord because it’s not correct,” Burke said.

The prefect emeritus of the Apostolic Signatura joined numerous theologians and philosophers who have criticized the passage that stated the “diversity of religions” is “willed by God.”

Pope Francis signed the document, “On Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” along with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar Mosque, on February 4.

The signing was part of an interreligious meeting during Francis’ three-day apostolic visit to the United Arab Emirates February 3-5, the first time a pope has visited the Arabian Peninsula.

While the Vatican has called the document “an important step forward” in Christian-Muslim relations and a “powerful sign of peace and hope for the future of humanity,” some are saying the particular passage seems to contradict the Catholic faith.

Others have downplayed the controversy associated with the statement.

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