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An Apostle From Salt Lake City and a Catholic Cardinal Became Fast Friends

S. F. Mori

They met again at Notre Dame

Elder Quentin L. Cook, one of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his wife attended the Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The annual meeting involves thought leaders of religious liberty. The summit was held on June 28, 2021.

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Tad Walch wrote a story in The Deseret News about the meeting. He stated:
Cardinal Timothy Dolan had Elder Quentin L. Cook in stitches Monday while the two sat shoulder to shoulder for a videotaped interview in a room on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.
“When you talk about the essential, essential beliefs, you’re talking about we’re children of the one true God who has made us in his image and likeness, who loves us passionately, who wants us to love him back, and to love one another as brothers and sisters,” said Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York. “That’s doctrine. That’s God’s revelation. And if we can’t get along, it’s downright sinful and scandalous right? Don’t you think?”
“Absolutely, absolutely,” said Elder Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “You said it perfectly.”
Then came the hook.
“And that applies to everybody,” Cardinal Dolan finished, “except Red Sox fans. You have to have some boundaries.”
A photo from the interview showed Elder Cook laughing hard at another of Cardinal Dolan’s jokes, and when he saw it, Elder Cook said he rarely laughs so hard that he closes his eyes like that.
The two have become fast friends. Each was happy to learn that the other was going to attend the inaugural Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit on Monday and Tuesday, almost exactly two years since they appeared together during an America’s Freedom Festival event at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

Many of the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have worked with and developed close relationships with leaders of other denominations.

The Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been building a good relationship and working together for decades. The two churches have worked side by side in collaborations on humanitarian issues since 1985.

This is what Wikipedia says about the Catholic Church:
The Catholic Church, often referred to as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church and the largest religious denomination, with approximately 1.3 billion baptised Catholics worldwide as of 2019. As the world's oldest and largest continuously functioning international institution, it has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western civilisation. The church consists of 24 particular churches and almost 3,500 dioceses and eparchies around the world. The pope, who is the Bishop of Rome, is the chief pastor of the church, entrusted with the universal Petrine ministry of unity and correction. The church's administration, the Holy See, is in the Vatican City, a tiny enclave of Rome, of which the pope is head of state.

The two major churches have not always worked together as they do now.

Wikipedia has this information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often informally known as the LDS Church or Mormon Church, is a nontrinitarian, Christian restorationist church that considers itself to be the restoration of the original church founded by Jesus Christ. The church is headquartered in the United States in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has established congregations and built temples worldwide. According to the church, it has over 16.5 million members and 51,000 full-time volunteer missionaries. The church is the third-largest Christian denomination in the United States, with over 6.7 million self-reported members as of January 2021. It is the largest denomination in the Latter Day Saint movement founded by Joseph Smith during the early 19th century period of religious revival known as the Second Great Awakening.

Leaders within the Catholic Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have attempted to come together to work on world problems such as hunger and disaster relief.

President Russell M. Nelson, President and Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and President M. Russell Ballard of the Council of the Twelve jet with Pope Francis in 2019. President Ballard said of that meeting: “We’ve been shoulder to shoulder as partners, and try to relieve suffering, trying to help people that are struggling.”

[Source: Wikipedia, Deseret News]

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