Bishop Kevin Manning's address to the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils Congress Dinner
Bishop Kevin Manning DD, Emeritus Bishop of Parramatta, addressed the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) 50th Anniversary Congress Dinner at Parliament House on 27th May 2014. Bishop Manning addressed the five pillars common to Islam and Christianity.
The five pillars he referred to include: the declaration of the faith, the establishment of prayer, payment of charity, fasting and pilgrimages.
Quoting the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium by Pope Francis, Bishop Manning referred to the call by the Holy Father, “I ask and I humbly entreat those countries to grant Christians freedom to worship and to practise their faith, in the light of the freedom which followers of Islam enjoy in Western Countries.”
In his address to the AFIC, Bishop Manning referred to the challenges faced between Islam and Christianity, “with the good relationships we have here in Australia we Christians and Muslims can challenge each other to live our respective faiths more fully. As we relate, we can realise the need to grow stronger in our faiths and convictions”.
“Your commitment to prayers and intensity of devotion and concentration challenges us Christians to question ourselves concerning our own prayer life; the intensity of your Ramadan fast out of obedience to God’s command leads us Christians to question our approach to our own fasting laws; your generosity to the poor and needy raises questions in our minds as to whether we should be doing more for the poor; your stress on moral rectitude causes us Christians to reflect on our own call to pursue goodness.”
Concluding his address, Bishop Manning adds: “So let our differences not cause hatred and strife between us. Let us vie with each other only in righteousness and good works. Let us respect each other, be fair, just and kind to one another and live in sincere peace, harmony and mutual goodwill.”
Address by Bishop Manning at AFIC Congress