Rome, Mar. 20 (CWNews.com) – Teaching Islam in Italian public schools could be dangerous, Cardinal Camillo Ruini (bio – news)has argued, unless it is accompanied by an energetic campaign to introduce students to the fundamental principles of Italian social policy.
Speaking in his capacity as president of the Italian bishops’ conference, Cardinal Ruini took a stand different from that of Cardinal Renato Martino (bio – news), who had argued last week that teaching Islam to Muslim students could be a welcome sign of respect for religious pluralism. Cardinal Martino, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, saw the teaching of Islam in Italy as a gesture of the “reciprocity” that Church leaders have sought, in which European countries show their respect for Islam and demand the same sort of respect for Christianity in Muslim societies.
If the other say, Cardinal Martino said that Islam should be taught in public schools, today we have better news: