A - Thanks for the question. If you want an official view, then we should go to primary sources. Here is a quote to get us started:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church:
841 The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."Islam is one of the great monotheistic religions (along with Judaism and Christianity). So, there is a respect that is due the beliefs of Muslims, because if there is only one God, then logically we all worship Him, even if our understanding of Him (Trinity, incarnation, etc) is very different than Muslims. But, as with any religious system, the beliefs can be distorted into the image of violence.
Christians should speak up against the radical Muslims who wish to promote terror, violence, and hatred. But, we should also speak up against those who want the same thing and call themselves Christian or any other name. It does seem there is a much bigger tendency in Islam for violence, but we cannot indict all of Islam for the violence of some.
As Pope Benedict XVI has said, we need to seek "sincere and respectful dialogue" with Muslims. Why this need? Because "The inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue between Christians and Muslims is, in effect, a vital necessity, on which a large part of our future depends."
If we don't, the clash of civilizations will continue to the detriment of us all.