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The Pope and the British 'invasion' of the Maldives...
AFP | April 4, 2005 | AFP

Posted on 04/04/2005 4:35:56 AM PDT by propertius

Kenyan newspaper lauds Pope for opposing British 'invasion' of Maldives

NAIROBI, April 4 (AFP) - A leading Kenyan daily on Monday eulogized the late Pope John Paul II as a fierce foe of armed conflict, especially the war in Iraq, but raised eyebrows by rewriting history to laud his opposition to Britain's "invasion" of the Maldives islands.

In an apparent computer-generated spelling error, the Standard newspaper mistakenly praised the pontiff for opposing a non-existent British war with the Maldives instead of his criticism of Britain's 1982 conflict with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.

"He may have failed to stop the Iraqi war, but he spoke out against it and candidly told President George W. Bush and British premier Tony Blair, the architects of the invasion and occupation, of his opposition to their action," the paper said.

"The Pope also opposed Britain's invasion of the Maldives," the Standard then asserted.

In Argentina, the barren and remote Falklands are known as the Malvinas, a name that may be close in spelling to the Maldives but quite distinct from the low-lying Indian Ocean vacation hotspot.

"Invasion?" asked an incredulous diplomat from the British embassy in Nairobi when told of the editorial. "Maybe at holiday time. It's obviously a mistake."

It was not immediately clear if the British High Commission would seek clarification in the matter or whether the newspaper would correct the error.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: argentina; britain; falklands; maldives; malvinas; pope

1 posted on 04/04/2005 4:35:56 AM PDT by propertius
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To: propertius

And here is the link to the original editorial in the East African Standard:

http://www.eastandard.net/hm_news/news_s.php?articleid=17070

Amused me. Think the Pope in his great cathedral in the sky is probably having a chuckle too.


2 posted on 04/04/2005 4:40:01 AM PDT by propertius
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To: propertius

There's been an awful lot said lately about the Pope's anti-war positions. The leftists among us have latched onto the Pope's misguided views on this matter as justification for their own treason and moral cowardice. As a Catholic, I say it's high time someone pointed out the inconsistencies of his approach to just wars, given his personal witness of the Nazi and Communist atrocities. Why the Pope advocated complete subservience and passivity to the evil depradations perpetrated on innocent people throughout the world, particularly the savagery and brutality committed by Moslems, must remain an unanswered question.


3 posted on 04/04/2005 5:24:54 AM PDT by bowzer313
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To: propertius

I sympathise with the Editor, trying to look up Las Islas Malvinas in his Atlas. The Maldive Islands is about as close as he is going to find, spelling wise.


4 posted on 04/04/2005 5:30:15 AM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: propertius

We regret nothing! All Your Maldives Belong to Us! Rule Britannia!


5 posted on 04/04/2005 5:42:00 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: propertius

very interesting


6 posted on 04/04/2005 5:43:29 AM PDT by cyborg (Feel the FReeper Love)
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To: propertius

All your base are belong to us.

Cynthia prima suis miserum me cepit ocellis?


7 posted on 04/04/2005 6:46:46 AM PDT by cloud8 (I donít do carrots. --John Bolton)
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To: bowzer313
onto the Pope's misguided views

Maybe it is you that is misguided rather than the Pope? You know him being the Pope and all....

8 posted on 04/04/2005 7:29:16 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: Destro
"Maybe it is you that is misguided rather than the Pope? You know him being the Pope and all...."

Funny thing about people of different religions. They have all sorts of crazy notions.... lol

Considering that even many Catholics disagree with the Pope on all sorts of issues, it's really hard to take a statement like yours seriously.
9 posted on 04/04/2005 7:48:23 AM PDT by monday
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To: Destro

"Maybe it is you that is misguided rather than the Pope? You know him being the Pope and all...."

"The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of Bishops." - Pope Gregory the Great

There is nothing in Catholic Doctrine that states that every single decision, statement, act, or decree uttered or implemented by any pope will be without error. In this case, the pope was wrong! And many Catholics remember the photo of the Pope kissing the Koran with utter disgust!


10 posted on 04/04/2005 7:49:19 AM PDT by bowzer313
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To: bowzer313
Is the Pope not infallible?
11 posted on 04/04/2005 8:00:35 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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"Is the Pope not infallible?"

After all these years, I really wish the Protestants would take the time to get their ridiculous mis-statements and canards about "the Harlot Church" right for once. Really. become familiar with Catholic Doctrine before ignorantly and mindlessly railing against the Church. It might give you just a little credibility.

Papal Infallibity only occurs when the Pope speaks "Ex Cathedra", specifically, and only in matters of Catholic dogma. And it has only happened twice the entire history of the Church. The first time was when the practice itself was established (in the nineteenth century) and when the divine nature of Mary was confirmed (in the twentieth century). It has NEVER been the case that every utterance and statement by any pope is considered without error and must be swallowed whole. NEVER!

Got that?


12 posted on 04/04/2005 8:12:42 AM PDT by bowzer313
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St. Augustine's views on what constitutes a just war is no longer part of Catholic Dogma?
13 posted on 04/04/2005 8:16:24 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: bowzer313

There's been an awful lot said about the Pope's "anti-war" positions alright... most of it by the radical hate-America press and the French stoogies in the curia. Very little from the Pope himself.

The Pope never explicitly opposed the war in Iraq, but simply hammered home the fact that war was regrettable. I dare say that George Bush himself would not disagree with anything I've ever seen or heard from the mouth of the Pope.

If one is to infer that he was opposed to the war, it is only from his silence in correcting the misstatements of those underneath him.


14 posted on 04/04/2005 10:53:12 AM PDT by dangus
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To: bowzer313

Typical news media redaction:

"War is always evil, but to do nothing in the face of atrocities in even more evil... I pray for peace... The liberation of Iraq is the greatest miracle in the Middle East since the Age of the Apostles."

-- The Archbishop of Baghdad

"War is always evil. I pray for peace."

-- The Archbishop of Baghdad, as quoted by the news media


15 posted on 04/04/2005 10:56:38 AM PDT by dangus
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To: bowzer313

I think people forget that it's the Pope's job to be against violence, even if the necessities of the real world dictate otherwise. I would feel strange if we had clerics that gave their blessing to killing and war too often. Erasmus wrote about this in more detail in his satire of Pope Julius II.

Regards, Ivan


16 posted on 04/04/2005 10:58:55 AM PDT by MadIvan (One blog to bring them all...and in the Darkness bind them: http://www.theringwraith.com/)
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