Author: Dr Patrick Mclnerney

A Christian Reflection on Ramadan

Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting.  This year in Australia it began on 17 May and will end with Eid al-Fitr (The Feast of the Breaking [of the Fast]) on or around 15 June. Muslims fast from dawn till dusk.  During this time, they abstain from eating, drinking and sexual activity.  Nothing is to go into the mouth – no food, no snacks, no coffee, not even a sip of water!  Nothing “bad” is to come out of the mouth!  So Muslims are to refrain from backbiting, gossiping and salacious talk. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is...

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The beauty of faith and art

I had the privilege of speaking at the Press Conference for the launch of “So That You Might Know Each Other: Faith and Culture in Islam”, an exhibition which opened at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on Friday 20 April 2018. The name of the exhibition is taken from the verb, لِتَعَارَفُوا, in the Holy Quran, Surah Al-Hujurat [The Dwellings] (49:13): O people! Behold, We have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might know each other. The exhibition is a cooperation between...

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Youth PoWR brings ‘Light in Dark Times’: Sparking an Interfaith Movement of Hope

More than 200 young people participated in this year’s Youth PoWR (Parliament of World Religions) on Sunday 20 August 2017 in Strathfield, Sydney. Now in its third year, Youth PoWR is a multi-faith initiative of the Columban Mission Institute’s Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations.  It brings together young people from diverse religions – Aboriginal, Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism – and secular society. Youth PoWR is by young people – the members of the Coordinating Committee are young representatives from different religions who plan, organise, promote and host the event; with young people – the speakers and...

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Choosing friendship over fear

Published Full Article As a Catholic priest, Fr Patrick McInerney reflects on his experience of Muslim hospitality at iftar meals during Ramadan and its positive contribution to building better interfaith relationships.  In these challenging times, he chooses friendship over fear, to be “with” rather than “against”.     “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the...

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To the Muslims of Australia, sorry for the hurt

To the Muslims of Australia, I wish to say “sorry” for the hurt caused to you and your families by the poll reporting that 49% of Australians want to stop Muslim immigration. Those 49% do NOT represent me, my family, my colleagues, my relatives or the many people of good faith and good will in this country.  This is what the Catholic Church teaches about our attitude towards Muslims: “The Church regards with esteem also the Muslims. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has...

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