Friday, September 15, 2006

The Pope Means To Unite In Truth


Let us be children of the Holy Father and offer today our Rosary for him, asking Our Lady of Sorrows to continue to guide and protect him.

Meanwhile, we pray for a peaceful reconciliation with our Muslim brothers and sisters who have misunderstood the core message of his address.

The Holy Father speaks in truth and those who interpret just a small section of his address is missing the point. Domenico Bettinelli explains more here and here.

Read the papal address at the University of Regensburg "Three Stages in the Program of De-Hellenization".

Regarding the reaction of Muslims to the Pope's address, the Vatican says the message was not meant to offend the Muslim community.

Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. declared:

"It was certainly not the intention of the Holy Father to undertake a comprehensive study of the jihad and of Muslim ideas on the subject, still less to offend the sensibilities of Muslim faithful.

"Quite the contrary, what emerges clearly from the Holy Father's discourses is a warning, addressed to Western culture, to avoid 'the contempt for God and the cynicism that considers mockery of the sacred to be an exercise of freedom.' A just consideration of the religious dimension is, in fact, an essential premise for fruitful dialogue with the great cultures and religions of the world. And indeed, in concluding his address in Regensburg, Benedict XVI affirmed how 'the world's profoundly religious cultures see this exclusion of the divine from the universality of reason as an attack on their most profound convictions. A reason which is deaf to the divine and which relegates religion into the realm of subcultures is incapable of entering into the dialogue of cultures.'

"What is clear then, is the Holy Father's desire to cultivate an attitude of respect and dialogue towards other religions and cultures, including, of course, Islam."


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