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Friday, September 15, 2006

One wonders if 'oops' translates into Latin, or even German..
Now, on the surface, the comments by the Pope , could not have been taken in any other context..but...
The Vatican has denied that Pope Benedict XVI intended any offence to the Muslim religion, after a speech touching on the concept of holy war.
Speaking in Germany, the Pope quoted a 14th Century Christian emperor who said the Prophet Muhammad had brought the world only "evil and inhuman" things.

And for some reason, unclear as it might be,the remarks have angered clerics and commentators around the Muslim world.
Now what the Pope really intended, was to make clear that he rejected violence motivated by religion...and that there was no intent to offend particular..
And the reaction..
Pakistan summoned the Vatican's ambassador to express regret over the remarks, as parliament passed a resolution condemning the comments
The head of the Muslim Brotherhood said the remarks "aroused the anger of the whole Islamic world"..
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya condemned the Pope's comments..
In Iraq, the comments were criticised at Friday prayers by followers of radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr..
The "hostile" remarks drew a demand for an apology from a top religious official in Turkey..
And the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference said it regretted the Pope's remarks.

'It regretted'. One must wonder at the intent of such a carefully worded response..
It would appear there is room in the Pope's mouth, for at least one of his feet..

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