`Proper understanding of faith will help tackle terrorism`

Wrong understanding of religion and God was often the cause of terrorism and religious fanaticism, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Willaims observed here on Saturday.

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2010, 18:26 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Wrong understanding of
religion and God was often the cause of terrorism and
religious fanaticism, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan
Willaims observed here on Saturday.
There were some who think that God required us all the
time defending him and the faith.The God need not require
us to defend him, the visting head of the Church of England
said during an interaction with students of the Kerala United
Theological Seminary here.

What was important was to try to understand "the infinity,
inexhaustibility and mystery of God", which would lead to a
meaningul understnding of the faith, the supreme leader
of the Anglican Communion said.

Stating that he did not think that a univesal military
action against terrorism would solve the problem, he said
trying to understand why some people were driven to "dreadful
and evil actions" would help addressing the problem of
terrorism.

On the question of the ordination of women bishops, he said
the Church of England would be taking a final decision on this
issue in another two years.
"Some Anglican churches have accepted ordination of
women. The Church of England is in the middle of the process
and a final decision is likely in two years` time", he said.

Earlier, interacting with political and religious leaders
at the Head Quarters of the South Kerala Diocese of the Church
of South India (CSI,he said equitable distribution of the
fruits of progress was an urgent question before the entire
world.

"Christianity is about justice.We are deeply committed to
justice and opportunity for everybody. A state may be
productive. The urgent issue is productivity and progress
should become prosperity for every one", he said.

Besides the CSI South Kerala Bishop J W Gladstone, prelates
from other church denominations and the Hindu and Muslim
spiritual personalities, Kerala Ministers M A Baby, M Vijaya
Kumar and V Surendran Pillai attended the interaction.

The Archishop will be delivering the key-note address at
the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the diocese here tomorrow.

PTI