|Portugal||CASSIDY SAYS TIME WILL HEAL RECENT ECUMENICAL TENSIONS|
"Time will pass and we'll get back to what we had achieved," according to the head of the Vatican's office of interfaith relations, Cardinal Edward Cassidy.|
The Australian-born official was addressing concerns following the Vatican's recent Dominus Iesus declaration on Sunday at an interfaith gathering in Lisbon. The document has been interpreted - wrongly, according to many commentators - as an assertion of the primacy of the Catholic Church.
Conceding that the declaration had caused "a little bit of tension", Cassidy said he would seek to reassure the representatives of other faiths at the three-day Lisbon meeting that the Vatican remained committed to improving relations with non-Catholics.
"We are not going back on our commitment to inter-religious dialogue," he told The Associated Press following a service at Lisbon's 16th-century Jeronimos church.
"Of course, we are not going to abandon our doctrine ... but we are still trying to promote dialogue with other religions," he said.
He said the fact that some Jews are present at the 13th International Meeting of Peoples and Religions, which is being attended by 10 religious denominations, was "a sign that some of the tensions are over."
|26 Sep 00|