251.âIn this dialogue, ever friendly and sincere,
attention must always be paid to the essential
bond between dialogue and proclamation, which
leads the Church to maintain and intensify her
relationship with non-Christians.
A facile syn-
cretism would ultimately be a totalitarian gesture
on the part of those who would ignore greater
values of which they are not the masters. True
openness involves remaining steadfast in oneâs
deepest convictions, clear and joyful in oneâs
own identity, while at the same time being âopen
to understanding those of the other partyâ and
âknowing that dialogue can enrich each sideâ.
What is not helpful is a diplomatic openness
which says âyesâ to everything in order to avoid
problems, for this would be a way of deceiving
others and denying them the good which we
have been given to share generously with oth-
ers. Evangelization and interreligious dialogue,
far from being opposed, mutually support and
nourish one another.
252.âOur relationship with the followers of Is-
lam has taken on great importance, since they are
now significantly present in many traditionally
Christian countries, where they can freely wor-
II, Encyclical Letter
December 1990), 56: AAS 83 (1991), 304.
XVI, Address to the Roman Curia
December 2012): AAS 105 (2006), 51; S
, Decree on the Missionary Activity of the
Catechism of the Catholic Church