Sunday, 5 April 2009

Vatican Affirms Buddhist Shared Value of Poverty

Expresses Hope for Stronger Bonds of Dialogue
VATICAN CITY, APRIL 3, 2009 ( The interreligious dialogue council sent a message to Buddhists to affirm a mutual value of poverty, and a desire to strengthen bonds of friendship so as to share spiritual treasures.The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue published this message to Buddhists today, on the occasion of the feast of Vesak, in which they commemorate the major events of the life of Gautama Buddha.This year the festival will be celebrated on April 8 in Japan and Taiwan, May 2 in Korea and May 8 in all other countries of the Buddhist tradition.

The message, signed by the council's president, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, and secretary, Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, expressed the hope that this feast will "once again bring joy and serenity to the hearts of all Buddhists throughout the world."They noted the opportunity to "strengthen the existing bonds of friendship and to create new ones" between Catholics and Buddhists, in order "to share with each other our joys, hopes and spiritual treasures."The message affirmed that "together we are able not only to contribute, in fidelity to our respective spiritual traditions, to the well-being of our own communities, but also to the human community of the world."It noted the challenge "before us all represented, on the one hand, by the ever more extensive phenomenon of poverty in its various forms and, on the other hand, by the unbridled pursuit of material possessions and the pervasive shadow of consumerism."

Two types
Quoting an address of Benedict XVI, the council stated that poverty can be of two types: a poverty "to be chosen" and a poverty "to be fought."It explained: "For a Christian, the poverty to be chosen is that which allows one to tread in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. By doing so a Christian becomes disposed to receive the graces of Christ, who for our sake became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty we might become rich."We understand this poverty to mean above all an emptying of self, but we also see it as an acceptance of ourselves as we are, with our talents and our limitations. Such poverty creates in us a willingness to listen to God and to our brothers and sisters, being open to them, and respecting them as individuals."We value all creation, including the accomplishments of human work, but we are directed to do so in freedom and with gratitude, care and respect, enjoining a spirit of detachment which allows us to use the goods of this world as though we had nothing and yet possessed all things."Cardinal Tauran wrote that the other type of poverty is a deprivation, "which God does not desire and which should be fought; a poverty that prevents people and families from living as befits their dignity; a poverty that offends justice and equality and that, as such, threatens peaceful co-existence."Continuing to quote the Pope, he noted the other kinds of poverty seen in advanced wealthy societies, the "affective, moral, and spiritual" types, seen in "people whose interior lives are disoriented and who experience various forms of malaise despite their economic prosperity."

The council addressed the Buddhists, saying: "We wish to thank you for your inspiring witness of non-attachment and contentment. Monks, nuns, and many lay devotees among you embrace a poverty 'to be chosen' that spiritually nourishes the human heart, substantially enriching life with a deeper insight into the meaning of existence, and sustaining commitment to promoting the goodwill of the whole human community."


Anonymous said...

We must never forget that Catholicism is the only true religion founded by Jesus Christ. Other man-made false religion will lead many souls to Hell. This is the Truth, and by sharing the Truth to others is a truly a Christian charity towards one another.

dakunfrancis said...

Ya, we dont forget that. But salvation is not limited to a only and particular religion like Catholic. Jesus is God. He is almighty God.. God for the the monotheism religion like jews, islam...the are particles of thruth in other religion too, we need to have a sense of respect for them..

Anonymous said...

Father, I don't think it is a good idea to respect false teachings (religions). I do respect people of different faith but I do not respect their false religions.

I am surprised that Father rejected the dogma 'Outside the Church there is no salvation'! There is no way a dogma can be reversed or re-define, not even the Pope.

dakunfrancis said...

'Outside the Church there is no salvation'! we dont limit God's grace for salvation. He can do more with his grace..
But are u not aware lately that our church has redefined this dogma? This dogma was supported in the 1917 code of canon law, but yet it was redefined and revised in the 1983 code which are following the teaching of the Second vatican council. Another good reference is the CCC (Catholic Catechism of the Catholic Church)The mission of the Church is the mission of unity, and that is why we have to dialogue with other religion. Of course we dont follow false teaching