Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Pope Speaks--Apologizes to Muslims

From Asia News Italy:

“The Pastoral Visit which I recently made to Bavaria was a deep spiritual experience, bringing together personal memories linked to places well known to me and pastoral initiatives towards an effective proclamation of the Gospel for today. I thank God for the interior joy which he made possible, and I am also grateful to all those who worked hard for the success of this pastoral visit. As is the custom, I will speak more of this during next Wednesday’s general audience.”

“At this time, I wish also to add that I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims. These in fact were a quotation from a medieval text, which do not in any way express my personal thought. Yesterday, the Cardinal Secretary of State published a statement in this regard in which he explained the true meaning of my words. I hope that this serves to appease hearts and to clarify the true meaning of my address, which in its totality was and is an invitation to frank and sincere dialogue, with great mutual respect.”

Nun in Somalia Murdered

The killing of an Italian Catholic nun in Mogadishu on Sunday may well be linked to anger among Muslims about Pope Benedict's recent remarks on Islam, a senior source among Somalia's Islamists said.

"There is a very high possibility the people who killed her were angered by the Catholic Pope's recent comments against Islam," the source told Reuters.

1 comment:

  1. It would be hard for me to begin a dialogue with someone(and we have to admit this "dialogue" is beginning), and start it by saying that major underpinnings of ethical and religious life are "only evil and inhuman."

    Whole conservative Catholic blogs are lit afire by smaller misteps by McCarrick.

    I think its ok to say this was impolitic, imprecise, and a poor choice of words-as well as a poor choice of quotation. In all of Christianity, this was the only quote that could be found engaging and critiquing Islam?

    Impolitic, imprecise, and not an invitation to dialogue.

    Which conservative Catholic on St. Blog's would "dialogue" with someone who claimed Benedict the 16th was evil, much less Jesus Christ?

    Dan Conway


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