Sunday, September 17, 2006
Late last week, Pope Benedict XVI criticized Muslims in a speech. He later issued an apology stating that he was merely quoting an ancient Medieval text and had not intended the words to cause harm. In our time of terrorism and religious unrest int he Middle East, the Pope could not have been more careless. Even though these may not explicitly be his views, the inclusion of such inflamatory words was a poor choice. Now that the cat is out of the bag, the Pope is having trouble calming angry Muslims. Churches have been ambushed and an Italian nun was shot in Italy. What was in Pope Benedict's head when he wrote his speech? Where is his common sense? These statements have only caused more religious hatred and violence rather than opening dialogue and tolerance.