Saturday, June 03, 2006

Synchronised Red Hats


Am I alone in thinking there has been a certain change in tone during this pontificate with regard to Islam? I don't envisage any Koran kissing from the Holy Father. But there have been some interesting snippets from members of the Sacred College. The normally anodyne Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor challenged Muslims in Oxford to speak out when Christians are under attack in Islamic states (as if!). Then the Vatican Secretary of State tells Muslims in the light of the MoToons violence: "If we tell our people they have no right to offend, we have to tell the others they have no right to destroy us,"

Last, but by no means least, the magnificent Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney telling it like it is: "In my own reading of the Koran, I began to note down invocations to violence.There are so many of them, however, that I abandoned this exercise after 50 or 60 or 70 pages."

UPDATE: Great interview with Cardinal Pell here. Many sensible things to say about Islam and a little about the new English translation of the Novus Ordo.

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