Sunday, September 23, 2007

How Many Divisions Has the Pope?

You have to hand it to B-16.

First he takes on the LeftoWacky establishment in the Church by making the Johannine Use available easily.

Now (again) he takes on the Muslims.

The Pope has again risked provoking the wrath of the Islamic world, by criticising its treatment of Christians.

Benedict XVI attacked Muslim nations where Christians are either persecuted or given the status of second-class citizens under the Shariah Islamic law.

He also defended the rights of Muslims to convert to Christianity, an act which warrants the death penalty in many Islamic countries.

His comments came almost exactly a year after he provoked a wave of anger among Muslims by quoting a Byzantine emperor who linked Islam to violence.

Yesterday, near Rome, the 80-year-old pontiff made a speech in "defence of religious liberty", which, he said "is a fundamental, irrepressible, inalienable and inviolable right".

In a clear reference to Islam, he said: "The exercise of this freedom also includes the right to change religion, which should be guaranteed not only legally, but also in daily practice."

Addressing the problem of Islamic extremism, he added: "Terrorism is a serious problem whose perpetrators often claim to act in God's name
and harbour an inexcusable contempt for human life."

By the way, he will also draw fire from the RightoWacky element in the Church, which has a cockamamie view on 'religious freedom.'

Lepanto, ....Vienna, .....

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