Inter-religion dialogue not possible, says Turkey’s top cleric

The head of Turkey’s Directorate General for Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has said inter-religious dialogue is “not possible” between Islam and Christianity, saying a relationship based on justice and rights should instead be built.

“There can be a humane and social relationship between the Muslims and members of any religion that is based on rights and justice, but there cannot be dialogue between oneness [Islam] and the trinity [Christianity],” said Görmez, speaking in the muftis’ consultation meeting in the northwestern province of Edirne on Jan. 13.

Görmez said the issue of “dialogue” between religions was mentioned in his meeting with Pope Francis when the later visited Turkey in November 2014.

“Jerusalem is a place that all three religions accept as holy. Therefore let’s talk about the criteria of morally living together under the ‘Jerusalem criteria.’ Let’s talk about the law of living together. Believe me, no meeting conducted under the title of ‘inter-religious dialogue’ since the 1960s has had any benefits for humanity,” he said…