No ” front of religions “, but certainly some struggles and ideals. They were five French representatives of the cult – four men and a woman – to talk and listen to each other to deliver their teachings to the health crisis of the Covid-19, Tuesday 23 June evening at the College des Bernardins (Paris Ve district).
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Catholic, protestant, jewish, muslim, buddhist, how have they lived this very difficult period, in the light of their respective traditions ? (1) “A warning about our way of life “for the president of the bishops ‘ Conference of France (CEF), “a necessary break “for the representative buddhist “a crisis of the system of solidarity “ for the president of the federation of protestant…
The mourning prevented, an outrage common
If the different sensitivities are asserted during this exchange fed, it is a same voice that the religious representatives have, input, warning about the major break and new caused by the strong limitation of the funeral rites and the presence of chaplains with patients, at the height of the epidemic : “The affected families have not been able to do their mourning in conditions that allowed it to overcome the suffering and sorrow. The company has not made a sufficient response to these emergency situations “he regretted Mohammed Moussaoui, president of the French Council of the muslim cult (CFCM).
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” By preventing the funeral rites to stand, we prepared a post-traumatic shock to the society as a whole. It was the moral health of the society and I believe that it has been heard on this issue “, abounded the chief rabbi of France Haïm Korsia, who has pointed out “the extraordinary responsiveness of the government “ vis-à-vis cults during the crisis.
Exactly, in this experience of dialogue with the civil authorities, the feeling has been different depending on religions. Among catholics, including some bishops have claimed the ability to gather in the churches, quickly after the déconfinement, the conflicts are still present : “ The catholics have had the feeling that the public authorities did not know very well how to treat us as a partner at this timeexposed Mgr Eric de Moulins-Beaufort. On the freedom of worship, the answer is clear, it has been given in the law by the Council of State “, ruled by the archbishop of Reims.
The controversy of the re-opening of the cults
“I have tremendous respect for the justice, but the Council of State is not word of gospel “replied, mischievous, Haïm Korsia, who has, himself, decided to let them close down the synagogues despite the possibility to find again the end of may. “ It is a moment of controversy that would not have happened, writes Mohammed Moussaoui. The configuration of our worship is not the same “, judge professor of mathematics. Among muslims, the individual prayers, it is better to be home than at the mosque, so the problem does not arise in the same way for us “.
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The representatives of the religions, do they have the same reading of this test ? For Minh Tri Vô, deputy chair of the buddhist Union of France, the containment has been “a mandatory break collective that has allowed to touch what the Buddha offered as a profound vision : the ability to touch impermanence (nothing lasts), the interdependence of men, and the full consciousness of the world around him “. “This time was deeply intense for our communities, amazing things have emerged, but there was nothing formidable in this period where the distancing of physics is imposed, it should not be romantiser “, for its part, keeps Haïm Korsia.
“This crisis is a warning “
“The suffering was there,” stresses, in turn, François Clavairoly, president of the protestant Federation of France (FPF), of which the intellectual complicity and friendly with the chief rabbi of France has enlivened the discussion. “I have this feeling of belonging to a humanity that is lame, who gets tired of one night to several months. Is it a misfortune to be globalized will produce a collective intelligence common ? I’m not sure. On the other hand, where religion can be decisive, it is in the experience that we have made of the emptiness and the fragility of our existence. This is where the hope, the will to choose a positive life against death, in the event.”
” Each of the containment in the Bible has led to the possibility of a new life recalls Monsignor Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, citing Noah, Jonah… For me, this crisis is a warning. We need to change our consumption patterns, because of the constraint of ecological… The important question is : will we seize the moment to convert us ? Everyone looks good in a hurry to restart the world of yesterday “, notes, lucid, the president of the bishops of France.