Friday, September 22, 2006

Why Benedict XVI did not want to fall silent or backpedal

Chiesa this week has several pieces that are full of insight about... yes the Regensburg Address, he and the other contributors recognise it as a truly significant statement, if it is the only thing you read on this blog this week make sure it is that.


mandatum said...

Let's face it - if it wasn't a few words in the Holy Father's Regensburg Address that the Muslims objected to, they would find something else to berate him for.

How many times is the Pope expected to apologise and justify his comments?

Closer to home, given the burning of an effigy of the Pope in London by Muslims last week, I think the time is ripe for all Catholics in this country to remember saints such as Edmund Campion and the Carthusian martyrs and what they endured so that we could practise our faith.

It's like treading on eggshells both for the Pope and for all Catholics when it comes to not upsetting the Muslims. What about not upsetting the CATHOLICS for a change?

Anonymous said...

The media often compare religions and violence, coming up with the secularist, "they are all the same aren't they" arguement. But..
Christianity (and Islam) is not primarily the practice of its adherents. It is the written revelation. In the Christian revelation there is NO sanction for violence or even the use of politics to extend the kingdom. ("Our warfare is not against flesh and blood etc"). When a Christian says that governments should do this or that he is at BEST applying a Christian mind to a worldly problem.In fact we are commanded to render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and to God that which is His. So Christians are free to disagree with Pat Robertson and are likely to do so. However this is not the same in Islam. Many are the unrescinded references to the use of proactive force against unbelievers.