Pope Rage Again? Pope’s Aide Knocks the ‘Religion of Peace’

 

Pope’s secretary speaks of Islamic threat for Europe

BERLIN — Pope Benedict XVI’s personal secretary has warned against the spread of Islam in the West in an interview with a German newspaper published Friday.

“We cannot deny the attempts to spread Islam in the West. And we should not be too understanding and let this blind us to the threat to Europe’s identity,” Georg Gaenswein told the weekly magazine of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. “The Catholic Church sees it clearly and is not afraid to say so,” he added.

Gaenswein described as “prophetic” the highly controversial speech that the Pope made at the University of Regensburg when he visited Germany last September in which he seemed to link Islam to violence.

“The speech was precisely meant to counter a kind of naiveté. It is clear that there is not only one Islam and the Pope does not know anybody who speaks with binding authority to all Muslims,” he said. “The concept groups many different schools … some of whom use the Koran to justify reaching for a gun,” he said.

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In the speech at the University of Regensburg in his native Germany, Pope Benedict quoted a medieval Christian emperor who criticized some teachings of the Prophet Mohammed as “evil and inhuman.”

* Actually, its worse…

The lecture sparked days of sometimes violent protests in Muslim countries, prompting the pontiff to say that he was “deeply sorry” for any offense and to attribute Muslim anger to an “unfortunate misunderstanding.”

But he stopped short of apologizing for the remarks.

The Vatican Web site posted an annotated version of the speech, in which Pope Benedict wrote that the offending phrase “does not express my personal opinion on the Koran, for which I feel the respect that is due to the holy book of a great religion.”

On a lighter note, Gaenswein revealed in the interview that the Pope always wears white, even in private, but declined to confirm reports that he wears shoes by the Italian luxury brand Prada.

* What? The Devil doesn’t wear Prada?

9 thoughts on “Pope Rage Again? Pope’s Aide Knocks the ‘Religion of Peace’”

  1. At the rate Europe’s going the Pope may need to relocate to the Americas or Australia-soon the Vatican will be an island in a sea of Islamania.

  2. As Lawrence Summers points out, until the Pope negates Vatican II, which states that Muslims adore the same God as Christians, it is pointless. You can’t backpedal as the Pope did when the Muslims raised hell after Regensburg and now try to restart.

  3. Good job by the Catholics and their leaders. The Pope has shown some courage. More than most other world leaders, who’ve not shown any. Whatever inspires dialogue is good.

  4. John Sobieski “Vatican II, which states that Muslims adore the same God as Christians,”

    Wow! That about knocked my socks off. I wasn’t aware of this. Thanks for pointing this out!

  5. Joe Grey said: “Wow! That about knocked my socks off.”

    According to Pope John Paul II:
    “MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS ADORE THE ONE GOD”, “Today I would like to repeat what I said to young Muslims some years ago in Casablanca: “We believe in the same God, the one God, the living God, the God who created the world and brings his creatures to their perfection”
    http://www.ewtn.com/library/PAPALDOC/JP2MUSLM.HTM

    Allah is a fake, who is neither begotten, nor begets. He is not the God of the Bible, no matter what the Popes say or think.

  6. The Catholic News Service version of the story is a little more forceful, and calls for Christians to “act to protect the Christian identity of Europe”. I’m not quite sure how Georg Ganswein would go about protecting this identity, given that Islamisation is under way, not just by jihad, but through Sharia banking and halal food certification, mosque construction, modification of public buildings & prisons to be Sharia-compliant etc.

  7. “ISLAMSFORLOSERS Says:

    July 27th, 2007 at 5:00 pm
    At the rate Europe’s going the Pope may need to relocate to the Americas or Australia-soon the Vatican will be an island in a sea of Islamania.”

    Actually, Labour and Liberal have made a pact to not make immigration an election issure, so the reverse third world colonisation of Oz will continue unabated. I’m not voting for either party, but the alternatives aren’t looking to good.

  8. Savitch said: Actually, Labour and Liberal have made a pact to not make immigration an election issure

    If I hear or see another ad for or against “Work Choices” or whatever it is this week, I’ll be tempted to hurl a brick at the TV. If I start hearing any party or polly talking about restricting immigration, reversing islamisation etc, I will listen intently & consider giving them my vote. I don’t mean handwaving and hot air, and “I had advice” and “My office got a cable but I never saw it”, but clear and believable policies, with no ambiguity & let-out clauses.

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