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 Anyone who read the full text of Pope Benedict XVI’s hate speech delivered last week

at the University of Regensburg, knows that there’s considerable cause

for alarm, given his caustic comments about Islam.

 

 

Who Would Jesus Bomb?
The Pope Weighs-In on Islam
By Kam Williams

 

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. . . . Violence is incompatible with the nature of God and the nature of the soul.

Whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats. . . . To convince a reasonable soul, one does not need a strong arm, or weapons of any kind, or any other means of threatening a person with death. . . .

It is not surprising that Christianity, despite its origins and some significant developments in the East, finally took on its historically decisive character in Europe. We can also express this the other way around: this convergence, with the subsequent addition of the Roman heritage, created Europe and remains the foundation of what can rightly be called Europe.— Pope Benedict XVI

 

Anyone who read the full text of Pope Benedict XVI’s hate speech delivered last week at the University of Regensburg, knows that there’s considerable cause for alarm, given his caustic comments about Islam. Certainly his incendiary suggestion that Muhammad was “only evil and inhuman” was irresponsible, unless deliberately intended to trigger Christian animosity towards Muslims, and vice-versa. After all, he already was aware of what happened a year ago when a cartoonist drew a picture of the Prophet with a bomb tucked in his turban.

That caricature sparked riots and boycotts worldwide. So, what could the Pontiff possibly think the reaction would be when he totally trashed Muhammad? A crusade? A jihad? World War III? Don’t think for a minute that the Pope’s words were a simple slip of the tongue either, because he was reading from an annotated, well-researched, carefully-prepared, papal script.

Furthermore, as every devout Catholic knows, the Pope is infallible. Faithful followers believe that he cannot err in matters of faith and morals, and a talk condemning another religion as wicked undoubtedly qualifies. In the wake of Muslim outrage over the lecture, the Church issued a press release stating that the Holy Father “sincerely regrets that certain passages of his address could have sounded offensive to the sensitivities of the Muslim faithful, and should have been interpreted in a manner that in no way corresponds to his intentions.”

Unfortunately, this half-hearted apology never specifically retracts the offensive language which caused the uproar in the first place. Instead, it blames Muslims by suggesting that they might have misinterpreted his meaning. Plus, it states that they revere Jesus as a prophet, and that, “They also honour Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion.” That disingenuous double-talk doesn’t bear any resemblance to a sincere beg for forgiveness.

If the Pope is truly remorseful for his divisive diatribe, then he needs to say so himself, and in a very public manner, preferably from the Vatican pulpit overlooking St. Peter’s Square. Till then, I wouldn’t blame Muslims for remaining concerned about the true motives behind a speech which patently appealed to Europeans’ deeply-ingrained inclination towards racism and religious chauvinism, especially when it was delivered in Germany, a country with such a checkered record when it comes to tolerance.

Lloyd Williams is an attorney and a member of the bar in NJ, NY, CT, PA, MA & US Supreme Court bars.

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Mackie Blanton Responds to the Notion of "Papal Infallibility"

The Catholic Church’s teaching on papal infallibility is one which is generally misunderstood by those outside the Church. In particular, Fundamentalists and other "Bible Christians" often confuse the charism of papal "infallibility" with "impeccability." They imagine Catholics believe the pope cannot sin. Others, who avoid this elementary blunder, think the pope relies on some sort of amulet or magical incantation when an infallible definition is due.

Given these common misapprehensions regarding the basic tenets of papal infallibility, it is necessary to explain exactly what infallibility is not. Infallibility is not the absence of sin. Nor is it a charism that belongs only to the pope. Indeed, infallibility also belongs to the body of bishops as a whole, when, in doctrinal unity with the pope, they solemnly teach a doctrine as true. We have this from Jesus himself, who promised the apostles and their successors the bishops, the magisterium of the Church: "He who hears you hears me" (Luke 10:16), and "Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven" (Matt. 18:18). http://www.catholic.com/library/Papal_Infallibility.asp

Not everything in a conciliar or papal pronouncement, in which some doctrine is defined, is to be treated as definitive and infallible. . . . The merely argumentative and . . . definitive judgments, however true and authoritative they may be, are not covered by the guarantee of infallibility which attaches to the strictly definitive sentences -- unless, indeed, their infallibility has been previously or subsequently established by an independent decision.

Infallibility is not attributed to every doctrinal act of the pope, but only to his . . . teaching; and the conditions required for ex cathedra teaching are mentioned in the Vatican decree:

The pontiff must teach in his public and official capacity as pastor and doctor of all Christians, not merely in his private capacity as a theologian, preacher or allocutionist, nor in his capacity as a temporal prince or as a mere ordinary of the Diocese of Rome. Then it is only when, in this capacity, he teaches some doctrine of faith or morals that he is infallible (see below, IV).

Further it must be sufficiently evident that he intends to teach with all the fullness and finality of his supreme Apostolic authority, in other words that he wishes to determine some point of doctrine in an absolutely final and irrevocable way, or to define it in the technical sense. These are well-recognized formulas by means of which the defining intention may be manifested.

In present day conditions, when it is so easy to communicate with the most distant parts of the earth and to secure a literally universal promulgation of papal acts, the presumption is that unless the pope formally addresses the whole Church in the recognized official way, he does not intend his doctrinal teaching to be held by all the faithful as ex cathedra and infallible. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07790a.htm#V

posted 21 September 2006

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