I’ve been an editor for St. Anthony Messenger for over 10 years. And in those years, the staff has produced special issues and special sections many times. We’ve addressed the clergy sex-abuse crisis, New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, the environment and sacraments. Special issues are quite a bit of work, but I love it: I enjoy approaching a topic from multiple angles, with different writers lending their talents to a single focus.
We’re at it again.
On the cusp of the anniversary of 9/11, the editors at St. Anthony Messenger have devoted the September issue to addressing the topic of Catholic-Muslim relations. During our initial planning, we asked ourselves:
The lineup for September includes an article covering 10 of Islam’s most important tenets, an interview with Muslim-American and Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel, a look at the monumental meeting between St. Francis and Sultan Malik al-Kamil, a report on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, a reflection by Deacon George Dardess on his journey from ignorance to understanding of Islam, and success stories of Catholic-Muslim dialogue. Our editor, John Feister, editorializes on the topic as well.
We wanted to provide a sense of history and hope with this issue. We also want to know your thoughts on this topic. What do you do to promote peace with those outside our faith? What can Catholics learn from the Muslim religion? What do you think the future holds?
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