Adventist Makes Presentation to a Catholic Conference

The following is the news report of Dr. Bert B. Beach's presentation to a Roman Catholic Conference on the subject of religious liberty and special consideration of minority church rights and problems.

Catholics Invite Adventist Church Leader to Discuss Religious Liberty

Weingarten, Germany ... [ANN] Seventh-day Adventist leader Dr. Bert Beach participated in an inter-church ‘first’ as an invitee to a Roman Catholic conference of canon law experts, judges, and university professors meeting in Weingarten, southern Germany, November 27-29.

Beach, director of Inter-Church Relations at the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, was a specially-invited speaker to the conference. He was asked to address the meeting on the subject of religious liberty from a non-Catholic perspective, giving special emphasis to the rights and problems of minority churches.

"The meeting was an opportunity to deal with such issues as minority church rights in the international agreements and documents, the use of pejorative terminology, proselytism, the Catholic Church’s claim to statehood, and the question of seventh-day Sabbath observance," said Beach.

The theme of the conference dealt with human rights and church law. Beach’s lecture will be published by the Catholic Academy of Stuttgart-Rottenburg. [Jonathan Gallagher]
--Source: Adventist News Network