Catholic Church urges France to respect Muslim rights

The French Catholic Church warned Paris on Monday against banning Muslim full-face veils.

Catholic Church urges France to respect Muslim rights

The French Catholic Church warned Paris on Monday against banning Muslim full-face veils and said France must respect the rights of its Muslims if it wanted Islamic countries to do the same for their Christian minorities.

A parliamentary commission last week urged the National Assembly to pass a non-binding resolution over full veils and then work out a law banning them.

"The French, including the Catholics among them, should not let themselves be gripped by fear or a 'clash of civilisations' theory," Bishop Michel Santier, the top French Catholic official for interreligious dialogue, said in a statement.

"If we want Christian minorities in Muslim majority countries to enjoy all their rights, we should in our country respect the rights of all believers to practice their faith.

"A dialogue in truth among believers will help us go beyond mutual mistrust. The path will be long and hard," he said.

Santier also regretted that the parliamentary commission did not invite Christian or Jewish leaders to give their views during the six-month-long hearings, which ended in December.


Reuters

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