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Catholics 'should work with moderates'
Intolerance on the rise must be countered with 'solidarity and tolerance'
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- May 23, 2011
According to Zuhairi Misrawi,34, executive director of the Moderate Muslim Society (MMS) and a member of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), incidence of intolerance in the country increased 42 percent last year.
â€śISKA should approach other religious followers, particularly the moderate Muslim groups, and also plan concrete action together with them. For instance, building churches and mosques,â€ť he said.
He was speaking to around 50 members of ISKA and guests attending a May 20 meeting organized with the theme â€śNationalism versus Radicalismâ€ť by ISKA in the hall of the bishopsâ€™ building in Jakarta to observe National Awakening Day.
Misrawi said a dialogue developed by late former president Abdurrahman Wahid and late Father Yosef Bilyarta Mangunwijaya should be continued.
He later praised the live-in programs organized in Islamic boarding schools by Catholic youths in several parts of the country. â€śI am happy and welcome such programs. It is a concrete dialogue,â€ť he said, adding that nuns running a hospital in Sumenep, East Java, served patients who are mostly Islamic clergymen.
Another speaker, Paulus Wirutomo, said: "Tolerance itself is not enough. The cooperation between the Catholic Church and NU and Muhammadiyah should include tolerance and solidarity,â€ť said the Catholic sociologist and professor of the Faculty of Social and Political Science at University of Indonesia.
Indonesia counting on Catholic thinkersâ€™ role