Skip to comments.The Pope and the British 'invasion' of the Maldives...
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.
And here is the link to the original editorial in the East African Standard:
Amused me. Think the Pope in his great cathedral in the sky is probably having a chuckle too.
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.
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.
We regret nothing! All Your Maldives Belong to Us! Rule Britannia!
All your base are belong to us.
Cynthia prima suis miserum me cepit ocellis?
Maybe it is you that is misguided rather than the Pope? You know him being the Pope and all....
"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!
"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!
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.
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
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.