Page 5, 9th October 1959

9th October 1959
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Page 5, 9th October 1959 — 10 YEARS OF INTER-FAITH DISCUSSION

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People: J. Bavinek, J. Cats


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From our Netherlands correspondent QUEEN JULIANA of the Netherlands spent the whole of last Saturday at the jubilee meeting of the Netherlands Interdenominational Discussion Centre, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in Utrecht.

This discussion centre, which has local circles all over the country, was founded in 1949 as a meeting ground for Catholics, Protestants, and humanists "to promote a better understanding of each other's views."

Important issues such as toleration and education have been discussed in the local groups and the national centre. Specific theological subjects are not on the syllabus. Reports of the discussions are often printed and are then often used as a basis for further discussion in the regional and local groups.

"We are still only at the beginning. but support is apparently growing in ever widening circles," said Professor J. Bavinek, the chairman, at Saturday's jubilee session. "We now have 60 local circles and over 1.700 financial supporters.

"There are still too many people who think these discussions unnecessary or are afraid of them. Especially today, however, we greatly need this meeting ground." The Minister of Education, Mr. J. Cats, a Catholic, and Fr. E. Schillebeeckx, 0.P., stressed that these discussions must not mean "flirting," and must not try to obscure fundamental differences of views, but should on the contrary give a clearer and more distinct picture of each other's position.

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