Monday, September 18, 2006

Was the Pope Wrong?

Today I am reading several headlines about the Pope's recent remarks. It seems that he angered some muslims. Headlines might well read: "Muslims claim their religion is not one of violence, threaten to kill the Pope." Ok, so that's not a real headline, but it seems to be what is going on. Anybody else recognize the blatant contradition?
First off, let me say that I am a Southern Baptist, not a Catholic. I do not believe that the Pope speaks for God, but that doesn't mean that I think he's always wrong. On issues of faith and morality it can be important for all who call themselves Christians (including Catholics) to stand together to advocate for what is right. In doctrinal issues, we often disagree.
Recently Pope Benedict XVI gave a speech in which he read a 14th Century text written by a Byzantine Emperor. It charged that the teachings of Muhammed were "evil and inhuman" and that its followers used the sword to spread their religion. Many Muslims found the Pope's remarks insulting and offensive. They claim that Islam is a religion of peace, and that the Pope should die for his remarks. Obviously he was WAY off base. If you think Islam is a religion of peace, you should ask Ergun Caner or his brother Emir. So there you have it, and now perhaps my life is in jeopardy. Don't dis the peaceful religion of Islam or yours could be too!


Monk-in-Training said...

Nothing could prove Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus' point so completely as the response we see on our televisions.

The Holy Father, Benedict XVI's comments were taken out of context, and not indicative of his feelings about Muslim people.

I have heard and read some moderate voices inside Islam that are pointing both of these facts out, but they are being drowned out by the crowds.

BTW, why is it not a surprise that corrupt Islamic regimes permit this sort of release valve for their oppressed populations.

†Deo adjuvante, non timendum
With the help of God, there is nothing to fear

Matt Knight said...

monk, you've hit the nail squarely on the head. We must continue to pray for them and work to get the truth (the gospel) to the people in these countries.