Rooted in the Catholic tradition that values faith understanding, and the dignity of all people, we strive to strengthen and unify our community by fostering meaningful interreligious dialogue, engagement and collaboration directed toward the common good.
The Interfaith Council
Welcome to the webpage of the Interfaith Council. The Interfaith Council is composed of equal representation of students, faculty and staff. We are united in our efforts to make St. Thomas a welcoming community for people of all faiths by promoting respect and understanding for our differences. Join us in working together “all for the common good”.
Response to Fr. Nick VanDeBroecke's homily:
Rev. Fr. Nick VanDeBroecke, a priest at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Londsale, Minnesota made controversial comments during a homily for Immigration Sunday on January 5.
In response to those comments, the Interfaith Council of the University of St. Thomas stands in solidarity with our brother and sister Muslim students, faculty and staff. Our purpose statement is: Rooted in the Catholic tradition that values faith, understanding, and the dignity of all people, we strive to strengthen and unify our community by fostering meaningful interreligious dialogue, engagement and collaboration directed toward the common good.
We stand against all hatred and intolerance in religious circles or anywhere in society.
The Interfaith Council deliberately addresses you as brothers and sisters. That is what we are, members of the same human family whose efforts, whether we realize it or not, tend toward God and the truth that comes from God. But we are especially brothers and sisters in God, who created us and whom we are trying to reach, in our respective ways, through faith, prayer and worship, through the keeping of God’s law and through submission to God’s designs.
The Interfaith Council reaffirms what Archbishop Hebda said, “The teaching of the Catholic Church is clear. As Pope Benedict XVI noted, 'The Catholic Church, in fidelity to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, looks with esteem to Muslims, who worship God above all by prayer, almsgiving and fasting, revere Jesus as a prophet while not acknowledging his divinity, and honour Mary, his Virgin Mother.' He called upon the Church to persist in esteem for Muslims, who 'worship God who is one, living and subsistent; merciful and almighty, the creator of heaven and earth, who has also spoken to humanity.' If all of us who believe in God desire to promote reconciliation, justice and peace, we must work together to banish every form of discrimination, intolerance and religious fundamentalism”.
Finally, the common good cannot be advanced unless our community itself is built upon dialogue. Dialogue in turn is built upon trust, and trust presupposes not only justice but mercy. In order to do that we should meet each other with dignity and respect, regardless of our worldviews or religions.
February 20, 2020