The Program of Islamic Studies

Islam has once again become a vibrant player on the world stage, and in the years since the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has struggled to understand her relationship with Islam in a consistent and coherent manner. Any present ambiguities in the mind of Catholics about Islam are largely the product of ignorance regarding the teachings and practices of Islam (an ignorance exacerbated by the vast divisions within Islam), but also of what can only be described as a fear to engage in open and honest discussion. 

The CEC's Program of Islamic Studies is dedicated to helping the Catholic Church develop a deeper understanding of the teachings and history of Islam. In so doing, we hope to to provide Catholics with the information and analyses necessary to meet the challenge of actively engaging and even evangelizing the Islamic world.