Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims after a holy mass on the Islinger field near Regensburg, September 12, 2006.
The Vatican said on Saturday the Pope was sorry Muslims had been offended by a speech whose meaning had been misconstrued, but Morocco withdrew its ambassador as anger at his words flared on.
The Papal Response:
“The Holy Father thus sincerely regrets that certain passages of his address could have sounded offensive to the sensitivities of the Muslim faithful,” Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said in a statement.
The FLAP: Popeâ€™s `jihadâ€™ remarks a sign
The Vatican said Benedict did not intend the remarks to be offensive and sought to draw attention to the incompatibility of faith and violence.
The pope quoted from a book recounting a conversation between 14th-century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and a Persian scholar on the truths of Christianity and Islam.
â€œThe emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war,â€ the pope said. â€œHe said, I quote, â€˜Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.â€™â€
The full text of the Pope’s speech at the University of Regensburg is here.
The radical Islamic response:
My friend Lorenzo Vidino, counterterrorism expert and author of al Qaeda in Europe, sent the above photo and this note:
Attached is a picture of the Pope that is circulating in Qaeda-friendly chat rooms and websites. Lovely (and predictable) that they call for his beheading.
The script in red calls for the Pope’s beheading. The rest of the translation:
“Swine and servant of the cross, worships a monkey on a cross, hateful evil man, stoned Satan, may Allah curse him, blood-sucking vampire.”
And the New York Times Editorial:
The world listens carefully to the words of any pope. And it is tragic and dangerous when one sows pain, either deliberately or carelessly. He needs to offer a deep and persuasive apology, demonstrating that words can also heal.
BULL – The New York Times and Editor Bill Keller are pathetic Dhimmis who did not have the Cojones to print the Muhammad Cartoons.
The Pope needs to offer no further explanation on what he said.
IT IS THE TRUTH.
And radical Muslims can take the speech for what it was.
If the Muslims want interfaith dialogue then fine.
If they want Jihad, then bring on the CRUSADE.
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