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The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, is right. And the proof is in how “Islam” is reacting.
muslim protestThis woman (at the right), and all who think like her, are completely wrong…

from the London Telegraph
Pope apologises to Muslims
(Filed: 16/09/2006)

Muslims condemn Pope for ‘insulting Prophet’

Pope Benedict has apologised for comments he made about Islam last week that provoked fury across the Muslim world.
The Pope’s comments sparked anger and protests

“The Holy Father is very sorry that some passages of his speech may have sounded offensive to the sensibilities of Muslim believers,” said Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone in a statement.

The remarks, in a speech about reason and faith, provoked the worst crisis since the Pope was elected in April 2005. One part of the speech, delivered in the pontiff’s native Germany, appeared to endorse a Christian view, contested by most Muslims, that early Muslims spread their religion by violence.

The backlash has cast doubt on a planned visit to Turkey by the German-born Pope in November.

In reaction to the Vatican statement, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said it was not enough and they wanted “a personal apology”.

Mr Bertone, in his second day as “deputy pope”, said the 79-year-old pontiff confirmed “his respect and esteem for those who profess the Islamic faith” and hoped his words would be understood “in their true sense”.

The academic speech was meant as a “a clear and radical rejection of religiously motivated violence, wherever it comes from”, said the statement, which came as criticism of the leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Roman Catholics swelled.

The pope’s support for inter-religious dialogue and harmony is “unequivocal,” it said.

The statement comes after politicians and Muslim leaders in Pakistan, Turkey and Yemen strongly criticised the Pope’s comments and called for him to apologise.

However, the pontiff was defended by the former Archbishop of Canterbury and Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said he had been misunderstood.

“It was an invitation to dialogue between religions,” Ms Merkel told the mass-circulation Bild newspaper in an interview.

But Bertone said the Pontiff “had absolutely no intention” of presenting Emperor Manuel’s opinions on Islam as his own.

Vatican insiders and diplomats say the Pope may have mixed up his new role with his former posts as a theologian and head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, when as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger he was known as a disciplinarian.

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