What did the Pope really say?
What did Pope Benedict really say?
I’m afraid this would spark a worldwide rift again after the editorial cartoon featuring the Prophet Mohammed in Denmark. I hope and pray for sobreity as a group of Muslim brothers in Egypt has condemned the Pope and asked him to apologize.
Reuters reported that in his speech at the University of Regensburg (Germany) on Tuesday, Benedict quoted criticism of Islam and the Prophet Mohammad by 14th century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Palaeologus, who wrote that everything Mohammad brought was evil and inhuman, “such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
Benedict, who used the terms “jihad” and “holy war,” repeatedly quoted Manuel’s argument that spreading the faith through violence is unreasonable, adding: “Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul.” Read the Reuters story here.
I hope and pray the condemnation was not sparked just by misunderstanding or for taking the Holy Father’s speech out of context.
I also hope and pray the Vatican will clarify on this to dispel any further misunderstanding.