August 16, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis lately named a new archbishop for the main French metropolis of Marseille on the Mediterranean coast: Bishop Jean-Marc Aveline, 60, most effective regarded for his dedication to “islamo-christian dialogue.” His nomination is a clear message to the major Muslim area local community of Marseille, each equally North African and Sub-Saharan. The northern districts of the metropolis are infamous in France for their poverty and insecurity, violent criminal offense, and drug-trafficking.
Jean-Marc Aveline was provided that 2013 auxiliary bishop of Marseille prior to that, he was its vicar common. He succeeds Bishop Georges Pontier, who was archbishop for 13 yrs and who will be formally transformed on September 15, when the new archbishop is set up at the Cathedral of La Crucial.
In 2017, Aveline was named president of the Council for Interreligious Relations of the French Bishops’ Convention.
He was born in Sidi Bel Abbès in Northern Africa in 1958, Algeria, nevertheless staying a French colony at the time. He analyzed in the south of France and at the modernist Institut Catholique de Paris proper just before getting ordained for the diocese of Marseille in 1984.
Aveline would shortly observed the Institut de sciences et théologie des religions (ISTR, Institute of sciences and theology of religions), which he also directed from 1992 to 2002. The reported institute evidently encourages a relativistic search at of religions, placing the Christian faith and Islam on the “same plane,” in accordance to remarks by Catholic journalist Yves Daoudal, who created an in-depth analyze of the situation of the “martyred” monks of Tiberihine: Father Christian de Chergé and 6 of his companions ended up killed by Islamists-cum–political opponents in this desert region of Algeria in 1996 and ended up beatified former December, inspite of their far far more than welcoming thoughts-set towards Islam, its beliefs, and the Koran.
Aveline chose as a referent “thinker” for his ISTR a positive Fr. Christian Salenson, who succeeded him at the head of that institute in 2002.
Salenson, who was also former director of the Seminary of Avignon in the vicinity of Marseille, illustrated his spiritual syncretism in 2010 when he exposed a homage to Fr. Christian de Chergé, who amongst other issues professional positioned the Koran in the chapel of his monastery and utilized it for the lectio divina of the group.
Lectio divina, or divine studying, is the normal monastic work out of prayerfully studying by and meditating on sacred texts in get to advertise communion with God and to increase the know-how of His phrase. It is frequently completed by studying by the Bible. Substituting the latter with the purportedly “sacred” texts of a fake religion, this variety of as the Koran, is antithetical to its goal.
But this kind of teaching is at the heart of modernist “Islamo-Christian dialogue,” as it is officially practiced in France’s mainstream Catholic bodies, which, as a substitute of promoting friendship and comprehension involving Catholics and Muslims in observe of facilitating conversions to the genuine Religion, spot their efforts in illusory “sharing” amongst the Islamic and the Catholic faith as these, wherever theological conversations are launched as searching the truths and convergences in each of people, not obtaining into account their radical incompatibility.
In his 2010 text, Salenson spelled out that “through private practical experience,” Christian de Chergé “knew that Islam is a way that can accompany adult men and women of all ages on the path to God.” “Vatican II confirms him in this opinion,” he additional, underscoring the “sincere respect” for the “rays of truth” in other religions proposed by Nostra aetate. Nevertheless, this textual material speaks of “esteem” for Muslims and not for “Islam.”
But he went even more far more, saying: “The Church would be hard place now to say what is exactly the area of Islam in God’s design and style, but she is just as not able to reject this religious custom on basic principle.” Salenson went on to reveal that Fr. de Chergé assumed that “in the bosom of the Father, Muslims keep on being ‘His children of Islam.’ They are small children of the Father not even with their religious belonging but as believers of Islam,” he wrote — as if Muslims could acknowledge the idea of the Fatherhood of God.
Archbishop Aveline is extremely drastically in this line, which he condoned as founder and director of the ISTR.
La Croix, the unofficial day by day of the French episcopate, also features Jean-Marc Aveline as a “faithful craftsman of interreligious dialogue” who will match in nicely as head of the diocese of a “plural city especially marked by the rise of rigorist currents of Islam.” It quoted Aveline as speaking of “this atypical tiny Church which resembles that of the Maghreb.” It also indicated that Aveline has conferences with the imams of Marseille each single 6 weeks.
The new archbishop in individual popular the “very sturdy inexpensive disparities in between lousy and abundant parts of town, which endanger social bonding,” seemingly a great deal much less fascinated in the challenge of announcing Christ’s actuality to the Muslim populace.
A self-proclaimed French progressivist blog site was short to hail Aveline’s nomination as proof of Rome’s and Pope Francis’s decision for “interreligious and ecumenical dialogue” in an “open Church.”
It is evidently in line with the “Doc on Human Fraternity for Environment Peace and Living Alongside one another,” signed extremely final February in Abu Dhabi by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam Al-Tayeb of Al-Azhar School, Cairo.