Cardinals Comments Comparing Islam to Communism Spurs Dialogue

November 18, 2004

Source: CathNews

On November 18, 2004 CathNews reported, "Last week's reporting of Cardinal George Pell's controversial remarks comparing Islam with communism appears likely to bring the Cardinal face to face with local Muslim leaders, with an official of the Lebanese Muslim Association expressing his wish for 'a friendly meeting' with Cardinal Pell. The Age reports today that Keysar Trad, of the Lebanese Muslim Association, said a speech by Cardinal Pell last month in the US linking communism and Islam has offended many Muslims. Mr Trad said he would like 'a friendly meeting' with Cardinal Pell. The cardinal said Islam might become the communism of the 21st century, attracting those who were alienated and embittered, as well as justice seekers."