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September 15, 2006



Well, that's certainly true about the cooperation. But it's important to remember all the criticism the Vatican faced over the supposed sympathies of Cardinal Sodano and the Secretariat of State in regards to looking the other way when it came to radical Islam's excesses, especially when it came to Israel.

One wonders if Benedict's problems with the Islamic countries of the world are more due to their spite at suddenly finding a faithful ally not so complimentary as it used to be.

Kevin Jones

To repeat somebody else's nice one liner, notice that the headlines are "Muslims offended by pope's remarks" rather than "Pope decries religious war."

tim +

They only prove the Holy Father's point by their rantings and violent reactions....

The MSM doesn't help matters either...always looking for a headline.



Bravo Mario! Good to see there are still some political leaders in Europe with backbones!

How much more will it take for the West to truly wake up?

Clare Krishan

Perhaps he's a daily communicant? Today's first reading at mass from 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27 is a rallying call to us all:
      "... all the runners in the stadium take part in the race, only one of them gets the prize. Run like that - to win. Every athlete concentrates completely on training, and this is to win a wreath that will wither, whereas ours will never wither.
      So that is how I run, not without a clear goal;
      and how I box, not wasting blows on air."

             New Jerusalem Bible

A great start for Cardinal Bertone, hard to be more Hellenistic than comparing yourself to the Olympics!


For me, the money quote from the Regensburg address is this:

"Yet the world's profoundly religious cultures see this exclusion of the divine from the universality of reason as an attack on their most profound convictions."

Yet, I haven't seen it quoted in any news stories.

It seems to me that the Pope is saying that what is driving jihad and radical Islam is a correctly perceived attack on Islam by a culture that has seperated faith and the divine from the rest of reality, and continues to try to marginalize the divine.

Perhaps the Pope agrees that Islam's fears are legitimate, even as he questions Islam's adherence to the other side of the ledger of faith and reason.



I think this is right in part, but there's also the aspect of a power grab, too. The Muslims who flew the planes into the World Trade Center, etc., were not offended by the secularity of the West. In fact, they spent their last night on earth going to a strip club and enjoying the delights to be found therein. I'm not convinced that there's all this "scandal" in the Muslim countries at our supposed total "secularity" and "separation from the divine" that everyone takes as the case. There's also the need to restore the caliphate, as bin Laden wants to do, and achieve worldwide dominion, not to mention making a few dollars along the way.


The irreprehensible mischaracterization of the Popes words by media this week underscore the role of those who take every chance they can to attack or misrepresent Christianity in their unending quest to keep Christianity out of public life and thinking. Ironically, it is Christianity that is the source of the freedom that they have to say these things. (For as much as they may cite the enlightment, the atheistic French revolution was a failure. It was the American revolution that recognized God as the source of all freedom and that spread a truer freedom throughout the world.)

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